In my work, I attempt to write about East African Asians as a people who migrated to East Africa for a variety of historical reasons, transplanted themselves, and adopted the new countries as their homes. I try to explore how and why they lived in watertight cultural compartments which often left them ignorant of or indifferent towards what was going on around them. (In the Shadow of Kirinyaga viii)
The idea of writing a novel of containment such as In the Shadow of Kirinyaga germinated in my mind in the late 1940s, even though I only started to actually write it in the mid 1980s. (In the Shadow of Kirinyaga 236)
Steiner, Tina, Writing on and over communal boundaries: East African Asian subjectivities in Sophia Mustafa’s "In the Shadow of Kirinyaga", Kunapipi, 34(1), 2012.