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path in both Canada and the United States. In their "Gendered Nostalgia: The Experiences of New Chinese Skilled Immigrants in Canada Izumi Sakamoto and Yanqiu Rachel Zhou examine how skilled Chinese immigrants construct and reconstruct their idea of the homeland, and the ways in which different variables such as gender, employment status, and. In her theoretical contribution to this collection, "Diaspora and Cultural Memory Anh Hua overviews theories of the diaspora, discusses its usefulness as a concept, and explores the importance of memory to diaspora studies. Hence, she correctly points out, the everyday practices of religion are more complex than the stereotypical representation of Eastern spirituality and Western materialism (p. Non-WSU users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan. For James, therefore, Mark's "home" was a "fluid mixture of both Trinidad and Canada one that is sustained by transnational social relations and structures and that is also "informed and mediated by an individual's life-stage, context, and situation" (p. Pamela Sugiman's article first appeared in the. The first part, "Diaspora and Memory emphasizes the role memory plays in diasporic women's imaginative construction and reconstruction of their originary home/lands. URL: p?id13684 Copyright 2007 by H-Net, all rights reserved. Although this essay is not directly pertinent to the book's concern with diaspora and the production of diasporic identity in Canada, it still provides important theoretical justifications for the inclusion in this collection of all the auto/biographical narratives, the voices and the memories of the. These diasporic subjects negotiate contradictory sites of memory and unstable notions of home/land, and operate in transnational social fields that transgress geographic, political, and cultural borders-what Nina Basch, Linda Schiller, and Cristina Blanc call "transmigration."1.

Like immigrants who continue to be haunted by memories of the past in their new countries, this collection itself is haunted by the all-to-familiar question-what Rishma Dunlop calls the "repeated refrain" (p. This essay also interrogates and reflects upon important ethical and epistemological dimensions in the relationship between the researcher and her respondents especially, in the aftermath of 9/11 and the war on terror, which have increased the suspicion of the Muslim community towards the researchers and. Even worse, Agnew correctly points out in one of her contributions to this volume, this question "yields only the minimum facts and does not tell us of the uneven distribution of educational opportunities in the countries of origin that make English-language education available to some. 148)-that immigrants are bombarded with everywhere they go: "where do you come from?" This is the same question that Agnew used as the title for her reflective memoir, Where I Come From.6 This question is meant to mark the absolute otherness of the Other and. Theirs is not, of course, the "flexible citizenship" that Aihwa Ong talks about among wealthy Chinese businessmen, for whom commitment to nation means nothing next to their commitment to family business and profits.5. This part also contains three essays: In "Memoirs of a Sirdar's Daughter in Canada: Hybridity and Home Writing Rishma Dunlop offers a personalized reflection interweaving her own poetry, memoirs, and critical analysis on her hybrid identity as a Sikh Punjabi woman who negotiates a host. 112 while other contributors opt for empirical studies and theorization to discuss the ways in which diasporic communities are invested in memory, identity, voice, and representation. 31.95 (paper isbn ;.00 (cloth isbn. These minimal narratives-what Christine Bold, Ric Knowles, and Belinda Leach refer to as "feminist countermemorializing" "d in Hua,. In its emphasis on a feminist relational approach to identity, moreover, this collection presents a unique contribution to the development of theories of the gendered and classed nature of diasporic subjectivity, double consciousness, and the politics of belonging to the homeland.

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