Diaspora Essays

  • Asian Diaspora

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    Asian Diaspora Asian diaspora, or the personal and cultural implications of leaving one's homeland, is a central and reaccuring theme for Asian American writers. Diaspora is Greek for "the scattering of seeds" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaspora), and its ancient denotation has taken figurative meaning today as a feeling of seperation and detachment. In both Fae Myenne Ng's Bone and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Leaving Yuba City, a thematic thread of "scattered parts", outsiderness, and otherness

  • African Diaspora

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    African diaspora studies is a academic field of study which combines social sciences, history, academic scholarship, and general intellectual history. The focus of this field is the problems and experiences faced by both African Americans and continental Africans who migrated from their homeland to new territory where opportunity tends to be limited. Many subjects are combined into the field; such as history, art, music, literature, geography, economics, and anthropology. Based on the article African

  • African Diaspora

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    African Diaspora The study of cultures in the African Diaspora is relatively young. Slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade brought numerous Africans, under forced and brutal conditions, to the New World. Of particular interest to many recent historians and Africanists is the extent to which Africans were able to transfer, retain, modify or transform their cultures under the conditions of their new environments. Three main schools of thought have emerged in scholarly discussion and research

  • Diaspora and Syal’s Anita and Me

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    Diaspora and Syal’s Anita and Me Diaspora, a term used to describe the dispersion of a people from their original homeland, has become an increasingly pertinent topic of discussion in contemporary society. Nalini Natarajan in the essay “Reading Diaspora” argues that “the phenomenon of diasporic populations is by no means new, but its scale in the twentieth century is dramatic” (xiii). Natarajan also argues that the nature of contemporary diasporic experiences, due to the global reach of technology

  • The Arab Diaspora

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    To many people today, Arab immigrants are the latest group of a long list that have come to the United States since it’s’ inception. However, people of Arab origin have been immigrating to the United States since before The Declaration of Independence was penned in 1776, and haven’t really stopped since. There were not many Arab immigrants at this time, however. The first notable “wave” of immigrants was not until the late nineteenth century. Since then, there have been multiple distinct waves, but

  • Diaspora Consciousness in Manju Kapur’s The Immigrant

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    we come across the Diaspora consciousness of the novelist, though she does not stand in the category of the writers of Diaspora such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Kiran Desai, V.S. Naipaul, Vikram Seth, Bharati Mukharjee, Anita Desai, Upmanyu Chatterjee, Salman Rushdie, Githa Hariharan and so on. The writings of these writers provide an inside view of the problems and obstacles endured by the expatriates in their new adopted land. Before proceeding in this direction, the words- Diaspora, migration or immigration

  • The Importance Of Identity In The African Diaspora

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    global community of blackness is a very important part of identity building for people of African descent. By identifying with this diaspora, they align themselves with a history of a strong resilient people with a fluid and beautiful culture. To feel like you are a part of the African Diaspora, first, one must identify with the race that connects all the people of the Diaspora more so than their shared experiences or culture: the African race. In Racial Formations, Omi exhibits that in social interactions

  • Masterchef Israel’s Diaspora Representation

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    Israel seized the opportunity to frame Tom Franz’s merging of cultures on the show as the acceptance and appreciation of diaspora nationalism. Through emphasizing Franz’s cooking style, the judge’s appreciation for the variation in the dishes, and the camera focusing on the types of ingredients used, Masterchef Israel aesthetically reflects Israel’s cultural bonding through diaspora nationalism. Masterchef frames Franz as a humble chef who is aware of the Israel kosher practices, and yet does not let

  • Colonialism and Oppression in the African Diaspora

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    Colonialism and Oppression in the African Diaspora The experiences of the women of the African diaspora are as diverse as the regions they have come to inhabit. Despite the variety in their local realities, African and African-descended women across the planet share in many common experiences. Wherever they have made their homes, these women tend to occupy inferior or marginalized positions within their societies. Whether in the United States, Europe, Latin America, or even Africa itself, black

  • The Power of Self Definition in Feminism of the African Diaspora

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    used to deal with their specific and foundational problems. However, women of the African diaspora have come to deny such universality and define their own struggle. Uprooted from their motherland and sent to lands in Latin America and the United States, Black women experience unique intersection of racism and sexism. Furthermore, it is through self-definition and assertion that women of the African diaspora come together to fight for freedom, justice, and equality. Whether through colonialism or

  • Gates’ and Wilson’s Theories on African Diaspora Musics

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    Gates’ and Wilson’s Theories on African Diaspora Musics Some scholars theorize that the Middle Passage to the Americas was so traumatic that most African influence was eradicated, and that few traces of Africa exist in African-American music. This “cultural tabulala [sic] rasa” theory is rightfully rejected by many scholars (Wilson 3). The inflow of African people to the New World was brought on by the existence of slavery, and resulted in the creation of a sort of extension of the African continent

  • Jewish Diaspora

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    they constituted as a diaspora. Melvin (2004) found that a diaspora "is a scattered population whose origin lies within smaller geographic location. Diaspora can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland." Many different ethnic groups constitute as a diaspora, such as African-American, Armenian, Italian, and so on and so forth. One of the groups we focused on in the class was the Jewish population and diaspora in terms to them. The Jewish diaspora had begun with the site

  • Diaspora Essay

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    The experience of the Diaspora is the perceived historical background for Gordon’s essays; everything he writes about the future in Palestine, he writes in the perspective of the past in the Diaspora. In the following I shall present Gordon’s view on how the Diaspora experience affected the Jewish people, to show how he creates a negative identity for the Jews of the past. As the following quote show, Gordon’s view of the Jewish existence in the Diaspora and what it had done to the Jews as a people

  • African Diaspora

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    In simple terms, the Diaspora as a concept, describes groups of people who currently live or reside outside the original homelands. We will approach the Diaspora from the lenses of migration; that the migration of people through out of the African continent has different points of origin, different patterns and results in different identity formations. Yet, all of these patterns of dispersion and germination/ assimilation represent formations of the Diaspora. My paper will focus on the complexities

  • Diaspora Essay

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    As I have shown, throughout his essays, Gordon establishes a narrative of the past in the Diaspora which is distinctly negative, drawing on images of the Jewish people as passive and parasitic, alienated from nature and labor and accordingly without a living culture. Through his ideology, Gordon establishes an idea of the perfect relationship between people, nature and labor; a relationship that must be withheld in order for a people to be a living, creative culture. Gordon asserts that the Jewish

  • The African Diaspora

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    A Diaspora is the scattering of people away from their homelands; typically they are forced away from these lands for one reason or another. The world has witnessed many Diasporas in its time since the development of nations. The effects of the Diasporas have usually been ignored even though they continue to hurt both those directly subjugated and those who don’t even know they have been affected. Each Diaspora has created tension as well as unity within the people who are affected. The African Diaspora

  • The First Jewish Diaspora

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    The word Diaspora in Greek means dispersion. The Jewish Diaspora had three main periods to it: the Babylonian exile, the Hellenistic dispersion, and the Roman War (R. Sands, 1). The Jewish Diaspora began in 586 BCE when the Jews were deported from their motherland, Judea, as a result of shifts of power and war (R. Sands, 1). After this came the Hellenistic part of the Diaspora which was the voluntary movement of the Jews. In the Roman War, Jews were again forced to leave their homeland after the

  • The Importance Of Globalization In Diaspora

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    his Diaspora Politics At Home Abroad (2003), clearly emphasizes the importance of ethnic considerations in the understanding of diaspora. He cited numerous groups, eg: Koreans, Vietnamese, Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Romanians, Poles, Kurds, Armenians permanently residing outside of their country of origin, but maintaining contacts with people back in their old homelands, are members of ethno national diasporas. In his definition of ethno national diasporas, he explains, the ethnic diasporas in the

  • Terrorist Exploitation of Diaspora

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    Diaspora networks have existed for thousands of years and have been the object of study by social sciences and developmental studies for nearly as long. Scholars involved in the studies of Diaspora networks agree that people whom form Diaspora networks: immigrants, expatriates, new citizens or trans-nationals - un-skilled or intellectuals, all generate new forms of social relationships among themselves and reciprocal relationships involving their homeland. Diasporas relationships of these kinds can

  • Bend It Like Beckham Analysis

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    INDIAN DIASPORA DEPICTED BY DIASPORIC FILM-MAKERS IN CROSSOVER INDIAN MOVIES?” I remember watching the movie “Bend it like Beckham” by Gurinder Chaddha and how fascinated I was with the entire depiction of Indian diaspora and the process of negotiation and assertion of identity that is spun across the movie. In a similar fashion Mira Nair’s the namesake is the story of identity conflict and formation of two diasporic generations in the U.S. I was captivated by the idea of how the Diaspora film-makers