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If you emigrated today, what would you miss from home? - Philomena de Lima
EXTERNAL ID
AB_SGI_10_PHILOMENA_DE_LIMA_Q_07
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Philomena de Lima
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41064
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
missfromhome

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Philomena de Lima answers the question:

'If you were emigrating today what would you miss most from home?'

'Foods, I think, and just the landscapes, maybe, sometimes, you know, because I came from, well, Africa's a very lush landscape, and Uganda was very beautiful, but, and in Goa it's kind of - the rivers and the palm trees, and, you know? And that kind of thing, I suppose. I miss, I like, I miss fruits, probably most. I don't think I can get used to gooseberries and...

Interviewer: So is that variety of fruits as well as ?

...although my husband makes me. Yes. It's the fact that, you now, you have fruits that are naturally sweet because of the sun and things like that and I, I find it really a hard struggle to eat fruit that are bitter, and where you have to add a lot of sugar to it, you know? Although, you know, because we live on a croft we have all these blackcurrants and things - they all go into the freezer - which my husband eats all through the winter but I, I have to really train myself to eat it because my inclination is to eat sweet things, you know, sweet fruit. I don't like fruit that I have to add sugar to.

Interviewer: No.


BIOGRAPHY

Dr Philomena de Lima is the Director of the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies based in Inverness. She has lived in the Highlands for around 25 years. She has been actively involved in researching rural policy issues, particularly with regard to migration, social exclusion, minorities and equalities and has published widely on these topics. Recent publications include, with Wright (2009) 'Welcoming Migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland in Social Policy and Society', issue 8:3; 'Ticking the Ethnic Box: the experiences of minority ethnic young people in rural communities' in Education in the North, New Series , Number 15 Session 2007-2008, University of Aberdeen; with Jentsch and MacDonald, 'Migrant Workers in Rural Scotland: Going to the Middle of Nowhere' in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007; and with Williams, 'Devolution, Multicultural Citizenship and Race Equality: from Laissez Faire to Nationally Responsible Policies' in Critical Social Policy, Vol. 26 (3) 2006.

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If you emigrated today, what would you miss from home? - Philomena de Lima

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; missfromhome;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Philomena de Lima answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'If you were emigrating today what would you miss most from home?' <br /> <br /> 'Foods, I think, and just the landscapes, maybe, sometimes, you know, because I came from, well, Africa's a very lush landscape, and Uganda was very beautiful, but, and in Goa it's kind of - the rivers and the palm trees, and, you know? And that kind of thing, I suppose. I miss, I like, I miss fruits, probably most. I don't think I can get used to gooseberries and...<br /> <br /> Interviewer: So is that variety of fruits as well as ?<br /> <br /> ...although my husband makes me. Yes. It's the fact that, you now, you have fruits that are naturally sweet because of the sun and things like that and I, I find it really a hard struggle to eat fruit that are bitter, and where you have to add a lot of sugar to it, you know? Although, you know, because we live on a croft we have all these blackcurrants and things - they all go into the freezer - which my husband eats all through the winter but I, I have to really train myself to eat it because my inclination is to eat sweet things, you know, sweet fruit. I don't like fruit that I have to add sugar to.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: No.<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Dr Philomena de Lima is the Director of the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies based in Inverness. She has lived in the Highlands for around 25 years. She has been actively involved in researching rural policy issues, particularly with regard to migration, social exclusion, minorities and equalities and has published widely on these topics. Recent publications include, with Wright (2009) 'Welcoming Migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland in Social Policy and Society', issue 8:3; 'Ticking the Ethnic Box: the experiences of minority ethnic young people in rural communities' in Education in the North, New Series , Number 15 Session 2007-2008, University of Aberdeen; with Jentsch and MacDonald, 'Migrant Workers in Rural Scotland: Going to the Middle of Nowhere' in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007; and with Williams, 'Devolution, Multicultural Citizenship and Race Equality: from Laissez Faire to Nationally Responsible Policies' in Critical Social Policy, Vol. 26 (3) 2006.