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p. 403. Connectionslocked

  • Kevin Kenny

Abstract

‘Connections’ examines how exile and alienation have unified diasporic groups throughout the world. Babylon, synonymous with ancient greatness, remains a byword for Jewish exile and sorrow to this day. Despite this, the Jewish people have prospered in a range of adverse situations. The Irish also had a strong sense of exile, but created strong and vibrant American communities. African migrants suffered extreme racism, but were bound together by the burden of slavery. When African slaves were freed, Asian workers filled the labour gap. Despite the temporary nature of this Asian migration, settling did occur. Exile from a homeland often fostered a diasporic nationalism, which allowed cultural growth and political activism.

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