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"I don't get out without a fight": exploring the life stories of Chilean Exiles

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This project draws upon interviews with members of the Chilean exile community in Winnipeg, focusing on the life stories of Jose and Veronica-a couple exiled in 1976. Jose's narrative of pre-exile life in Chile is typical of the dominant Chilean exile narrative. His story establishes his credibility as a political refugee, concentrating on Chilean politics and the seriousness of his political activity. Veronica, however, tells a very different account of life in Chile. Her narrative is characterized by teenage hijinks, detachment from Chile's socialist project, and excitement about moving to Canada. Her divergence from the dominant exile narrative is best understood through an exploration of her life as a young woman in Chile and her more recent Canadian experiences. Both are essential components to the way she remembers and narrates her life story. Read against Jose's contrasting narrative, Veronica's story sheds light on a profoundly different exile experience.
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