If you are like me and have never heard the term Diasporic or Diaspora before reading it here I have provided a definition curtsey of Dictionary.com

“Any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland, especially involuntarily, as Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade”.

http://www.cedarsusa.com/resources/diaspora.htm

So from this definition several examples of ‘Diaspora’ all over the world come to mind, including but not limited to; The large Irish populations of the Boston area, Chinatown is many many of the worlds major cities and even the British prison ships coming to Australia over 200 years ago might have been considered diaspora in the early years. And more recently large populations of Lebanese migrants in Western Sydney and the Greek population in Melbourne.

So how does this relate to media?

In the readings by Myria Georgiou the author discusses the urban cities of the western world and how many people from many many different backgrounds live in such close proximity and how national groups often find areas of the world like cities to re settle with others from the same part of the world. This best example of this is as, as previously mentioned, Chinatowns. The author suggests looking at certain cities for the best examples rather than countries; this is because where countries might give a sense of nationalism, the city can be dissected into neighborhoods and impoverished shanties next to skyscrapers like those which can be seen in Rio and Mumbai. Because these global cities host some of the worlds largest media organizations, the high levels of migrations and national groups can help to define what is shown in the media, therefore changing media landscapes through mass migration.

 

 

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