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Hey Mum, What's a Half-Caste?

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Summary

Lorraine McGee-Sippel was just a small girl when she asked her parents what a half-caste was. It was the 1950s and the first step on a journey that would span decades and lead her to search for her birth family.

In the historic climate of the Rudd Government's apology, Lorraine aligns herself with the Stolen Generations as she reveals the far-reaching effects of a government policy that saw her adoptive parents being told their daughter was of Afro-American descent.

This is not just a story of displacement, but an honest telling that explores the fragility of reconnection, cultural identity, and the triumphs of acceptance.

About the author

Lorraine McGee-Sippel, a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people of the Murray-Goulburn region and winner of the inaugural Yabun Elder of the Year.

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Korff, J 2021, Hey Mum, What's a Half-Caste?, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/books/hey-mum-whats-a-half-caste>, retrieved 28 July 2021

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