Diaspora and Immigration

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An interdisciplinary, international collection of essays, case studies, position papers, and round table discussions, Diaspora and Immigration is unified (like the 1996 Stanford University seminar that inspired it) by the paradox which - and on which - it reflects: we are all minorities constituting multiple diasporas in our own countries and elsewhere. Experts from a variety of field - anthropology, sociology, history and literature, and African, Hispanic, and Jewish Studies - examine specific diasporas, immigrant communities and 'border identities' ranging from Muslims in Europe to Chicanos in Texas, from Chinese immigrants in California to the 'peach blossom diaspora' in Taiwan.They discuss the Jewish diaspora and the creation of the state of Israel, as well as two centuries of Irish diasporic experiences in Australia and America. Following testimonies by German, Filipino, Italian American , and South African Israeli academics who scrutinize their respective 'personal diasporas', this special issue concludes with some after-thoughts on diaspora and the potential for global unity in the face of today's global diversity. The contributors are: Jean Bazin, Louise Shabat Bethlehem, Gordon H.Chang, Ngwarsungu Chiwengo, Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, Christopher Davis, Marcel Detienne, Sabine Engele, Daphna Golan, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Ramon A. Gutierrez, Daniel Itzkovitz, Rita Kastoryano, Vassilis Lambropoulos, V. Y. Mudimbe, Peter Murphy, Richard Roberts, Aron Rodrigue, Ramon Saldivar, Kenneth J. Surin, Neferti Xina M. Tadiar, Marianna De Marco Torgovnick, Danielle Trudeau, Candice Ward, and Steven Zipperstein.