'Tiger in Paradise': Reading Global Mauritius in Shifting Time and Space

'Tiger in Paradise': Reading Global Mauritius in Shifting Time and Space

Author: 
Aumeerally, N.L.
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Taylor & Francis Group
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Journal of African Cultural Studies
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Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 17, Number 2, PP. 161-180, December 2005
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This article consists of a reading of global financial magazines and tourist literature in the context of Mauritius' more recent self-promotion as an economic ‘Asian tiger' miracle. This new representation signals a burgeoning hybrid postcolonial Mauritian identity that re-inscribes Asian diasporic history. Such a re-alignment decenters colonial Europe and regionalises Mauritius as part of Asia. Mauritian modernity is engendered by neo-Orientalist narratives inspired by a resurgence of colonial constructions of Mauritius as an erotic paradise, and a recycling of Asian tiger ethos. Collapsing Mauritius into the tiger cultural geography is particularly problematic for a multicultural nation since this emergent self-representation denies the contribution of people of non-Asian heritage. Inspiring itself from Asian ‘alter/native' modernity, Mauritian global modernity also derives from a male-oriented capitalist paradigm and a subscription to discriminatory macho Asian tiger ideologies. It is the jingle ‘Tiger in paradise' (Financial Times , 27 September 1994) which, I will conclude, most clearly interweaves the ambivalent colonial and diasporic constituents of postcolonial Mauritius.

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CITATION: Aumeerally, N.L.. 'Tiger in Paradise': Reading Global Mauritius in Shifting Time and Space . : Taylor & Francis Group , . Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 17, Number 2, PP. 161-180, December 2005 - Available at: http://library.au.int/tiger-paradise-reading-global-mauritius-shifting-time-and-space-3