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Diasporas: Transnational Migrations, Spaces, and Identities

Presented by UCLA Library's International & Area Studies Department

Banner photo credits (L-R): Dan Bergeron/ Fauxreel Studios; UCLA University Archives; Phung Huynh (speaker);  María Inés Taracena; Floridalma Boj Lopez (speaker), and Mobilus In Mobili (Flickr)


Diaspora: Any group of people who have spread or become dispersed beyond their traditional homeland or point of origin . . . Also: the countries and places inhabited by such a group, regarded collectively.

 - Oxford English Dictionary

Despite modern border restrictions, there has always been a history of movements across the world, creating diasporas that occupy transnational spaces and embody complicated identities. This program series, which is hosted by UCLA Library's International & Area Studies Department, explores the various reasons for migration, the experiences of migrants and their descendants, the creation of communities in their new homelands, the negotiation of identities and belonging, and the preservation and transformation of traditions.

This guide provides information about the programs and speakers, including a selected bibliography of their works. It also offers additional resources that are intended to serve as introductions to the many issues related to diasporas and a sampling of different diasporic experiences.



Land Acknowledgment 

UCLA Library acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.


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