By Angeline M.G. Song
This booklet is grounded in a theorization of the author's own tale together with starting to be up as a feminine adoptee of a unmarried guardian in a patriarchal context, and present fabric context as an immigrant in New Zealand.
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A Postcolonial Woman’s Encounter with Moses and Miriam by Angeline M.G. Song