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South Asian diaspora has been increasingly concerned with themes such as belonging and alienation. The texture of memory and history is worked upon in these novels at length. There is the pursuit of personal and familial security. The protagonists of these novels usually seek acceptance both within the inner circle of their families and the outer, racially and culturally different world. It is often considered either from the perspective of personal, or from collective experience: characters are seen reminiscing, reordering and reconstructing events, groping for possibilities of interpretation of the past, in order to better understand their own present. This process runs through several generations, hence there is a preoccupation of documenting the family saga. The narratives often move back and forth in time, There are digressions and various other techniques that structure the narrative are employed. The Rice Mother and The Japanese Lover by Rani Manicka are placed against contemporary history and transformations which take place with changing culture. This paper seeks to examine the process of commemorating history and interpretation of memory in the two novels.
Keywords: diaspora, memory, social memory, history, culture, narrative transformation.