The New African Diaspora

The New African Diaspora

Edited by Isidore Okpewho and Nkiru Nzegwu
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/26/2009
Format: Paperback 18 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22095-0
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The New York Times reports that since 1990 more Africans have voluntarily relocated to the United States and Canada than had been forcibly brought here before the slave trade ended in 1807. The key reason for these migrations has been the collapse of social, political, economic, and educational structures in their home countries, which has driven Africans to seek security and self-realization in the West. This lively and timely collection of essays takes a look at the new immigrant experience. It traces the immigrants' progress from expatriation to arrival and covers the successes as well as problems they have encountered as they establish their lives in a new country. The contributors, most immigrants themselves, use their firsthand experiences to add clarity, honesty, and sensitivity to their discussions of the new African diaspora.

Author Bio

Isidore Okpewho is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Binghamton University. He is editor (with Carole Boyce Davies and Ali A. Mazrui) of The African Diaspora (IUP, 1998) and author of African Oral Literature (IUP, 1992) and Once Upon a Kingdom (IUP, 1998).

Nkiru Nzegwu is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Binghamton University. She is author of Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture.

Reviews

“This lively and timely collection of essays takes a look at the new African immigrant experience, tracing the immigrants' progress from expatriation to arrival and covers the successes as well as problems they have encountered as they establish their lives in a new country.”

“[The] authors provide a window onto the challenges these new immigrants face in leaving their homes and adapting to their new host environments, as well as the contributions they have made, particularly in the arts.23.3 2010”
 — Journal of Refugee Studies

“The New African Diaspora captures one of the intellectual passions of a scholar with wide knowledge and expertise in African oral literatures who has maintained a consistent appreciation for and understanding of the aesthetic and material production of African peoples in the African Diaspora: this has to be acknowledged, recognized, and applauded. ”
 — African Studies Review

“. . . engaging, thought-provoking, and wide-ranging . . . Highly recommended.July 2010”
 — Choice

“. . . engaging, thought-provoking, and wide-ranging . . . Highly recommended.”
 — Choice

“Provocative, powerful, and prescient, coming right in time to be a guide to an entirely new discourse on the African diaspora.”
 — Molefi Asante, Temple University

“Capacious in its thematic and disciplinary breadth of coverage of this issue.”
 — Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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