Word of the Week: Diaspora

Word: Diaspora

You Pronounce It: [dahy-as-per-uh, dee-]

Definition: 

noun
1. (usually initial capital letter) the scattering of the Jews to countries outside of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity.
2. (often initial capital letter) the body of Jews living in countries outside Israel.
3. (often initial capital letter) such countries collectively:
the return of the Jews from the Diaspora.
4. any group migration or flight from a country or region.
Synonyms: dispersion, dissemination, migration, displacement, scattering.
Antonyms: return.
5. any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland, especially involuntarily, as Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
6. any religious group living as a minority among people of the prevailing religion.
7. the spread or dissemination of something originally confined to a local, homogeneous group, as a language or cultural institution:
the diaspora of English as a global language.

I found it while reading David Eng’s “Out here and Over there” for a current course.

“In this manner, considering diaspora in Asian American studies works to undermine and to dislodge any smooth alignment of home and nation-state.” (1)

Works Cited:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diaspora

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