[TimorLesteStudies] New article: Consuming and erasing Portugal in the Lonely Planet guide to East Timor
bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Mon Feb 7 21:03:50 EST 2011
Consuming and erasing Portugal in the Lonely Planet guide to East Timor
Postcolonial Studies, 1466-1888, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 95 – 109
Abstract The Australia-based Lonely Planet series of travel guides allies its pragmatic agenda of informing mostly Western travellers with a didactic project in which the traveller is partly inscribed within a discourse of solidarity with the struggles and identities of the peoples whose spaces and products are being consumed. The guidebook to East Timor is arguably a special case within the Lonely Planet series, given the fledgling nation's interpellation of Australia's sense of itself as a people that both sponsors and represents freedom and justice, but which spectacularly failed in its moral and historical responsibilities to the East Timorese when they were invaded and oppressed within the Indonesian empire. What will be found is that the guide contains a troubled conjunction of moral support for East Timor, at times neocolonial in its implications, and political rejection of the former colonizer Portugal as a reference point for the East Timorese, while the country's attractions for the Australian visitor are ironically construed overwhelmingly in terms of visual markers of the Portuguese colonial presence.
Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
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