Diasporas: Revisiting and Discovering


Diasporas: Revisiting and Discovering


Edited by Laura DePretto, Gloria Macri and Catherine Wong

Year: 2010

Format: eBook


The present book brings together a collection of key studies from many disciplines all focusing around the ‘diaspora’ issue. The readers will engage on a journey that spans continents, populations and time frames. Each study seeks to answer some of the key questions in the field of diaspora studies and thus to address some of the existing gaps.

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Migration is a growing phenomenon that can no longer be viewed as simply referring to the relocation of people from origin to the destination country. The implications and complexities of human mobility become clear once we disengage from a perspective and we strive to understand processes that elude the simplistic assumption that migrants will invariably (and eventually) ‘go back home’. Questions have arisen as to why do some migrants organise in groups and thus why do ethnic communities emerge and moreover what makes some migrant communities acquire a diasporic dimension.

The term ‘diaspora’ has referred traditionally to Jewish, Greek and Armenian dispersion, however the concept now encompasses very different realities and types of community organisation. According to Fludernik, many groups that relocate to a different country or region for economic purposes may at some point begin to develop awareness around their commonalities and begin to construct a diasporic identity.

Gloria Macri

Section I: Diasporic Feelings and Belonging

Catherine Wong

Migrants’ Hearts: This Land is Not My Home
Felicity M. Greenfields

Sites of Belonging: Caribbean and African Diasporas in Ethiopia
Shelene Gomes

Un/Settling Malaysia: Diaspora and National Desire
Sharmani Patricia Gabriel

Afro-French Subjectives and French Postcolonial Nationalisms
Yasser Munif

Home to Home to Hong Kong: The Linguistic Displacement and Imaginary Diaspora in Anglophone Hong Kong Literature
Catherine Wong

The Jewish Diaspora from France to Montreal: Situational Identity and Multi-Centred Diasporas
Robert A. Kenedy

The Narrative of Cultural Identity: An Opening for Collective Action among the Sri Lankan Tamil Diasporas in Toronto
Kalyani Thurairajah

Shopping Around for Diasporic Identities: Brand Names, The Cultural Industry and the Politics of Consumption in the Work of Wayson Choy and Gautam Malkani
Jonathan Rollins

Section II: Engagement with Homeland

Laura DePretto

Breaking up a Diasporic Homeland: Xinyi as a Qioxiang in Post 1978 China
Cheun Hoe Yow

Beyond the Sea: Geographies of Mobility and Memory in Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Ivan Small

Understanding Motivations for Trans-National Engagement: Diaspora Supported Development – The Jamaican Case
Janine Rose

Section III: Us and Them

Gloria Macri

Immigrants in their Own Country: Negotiations on Dimensions of Finnishness in the Aland Islands
Anna-Liisa Kuczynski

Pre-Immigration Profiles of Potential Ethnic Migrants from Finnish Diaspora in Russa – A Social Psychological Study
Anu Yijala

Who Do They Think They Are? Online Narratives among Romanian Diaspora in Ireland
Gloria Macri

Taiwan: Republic of China or Republic of Confusion
Shi-Chi Kao

Local Identification and Authenticity Among the Irish Diaspora in England
Marc Scully

Romany Roots: Gypsies and Travellers in Britain Sustaining Belonging and Identity over 600 Years of Nomadising
Margaret Greenfields

The Inclusion of Global Migrants: A Model and Suggestions for Research and Policy
Douglas C. Maynard & Melanie Graham

Section IV: Uncovering and Exploring Diasporas

Laura DePretto

Cyber-Diasporas: The Affects of Migration to Virtual Worlds
Dana R. Herrera & Andras Margitay-Becht

The Utopian Diaspora: Australians in Paraguay
Andrew Harvey

Conceiving Collectivity: The Urdu-Speaking Bihari Minority and the Absence of Home
Victoria Redclift

Catherine Wong

Laura DePretto is a PhD student at East China Normal University. She is interested in the intrapsychological consequences of the contact among chinese and western cultures, due to migration and globalization processes.

Gloria Macri is a Scholar of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences based at Dublin City University. Her research is focused on the study of migration and identity, in particular the narratives of identity and belonging in the Romanian diaspora in Ireland. Her research interests include among others topics such as: media and identity, diasporic media, and social capital.

Catherine Wong received her PhD from the School of English, University of Liverpool. Currently her research and writing is devoted to Diaspora Studies and Postcolonial Anglophone literature.