Life Writing as a Settler Colonial Tool: Finnish Migrant-Settlers Claiming Place and Belonging
Chapter from the book: Andersson R. & Lahti J. 2022. Finnish Settler Colonialism in North America: Rethinking Finnish Experiences in Transnational Spaces.
By writing their stories of settlement in Canada and the United States over the decades, Finnish migrants and their descendants have claimed their place and belonging in these national histories. Through autobiographical and family history life writing, migrant-settler authors contribute personal narratives of migration, adversity, adventure, and (most often) positive integration that collectively build a rich view of Finnish lives and communities in North America. Through these texts, we are able to see some of the strategies and practices Finns have employed in establishing their North American migrant settlerhood.