From Traitor to Collaborator: Nepali Social Action in the Context of Immigration, Transnationalism, and Diaspora

The author challenges the idea of immigration as a unilinear experience progressing to the endpoint of assimilation. She maintains that scholarly research has trained the eye to look at immigration that way, but that the experience is a changeable process that includes dialogue, resistance and actio...

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Published in:Social justice
Main Author: Koirala-Azad, Shabnam
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2008
In:Social justice
Year: 2008, Volume: 35, Issue: 4, Pages: 107-122
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:The author challenges the idea of immigration as a unilinear experience progressing to the endpoint of assimilation. She maintains that scholarly research has trained the eye to look at immigration that way, but that the experience is a changeable process that includes dialogue, resistance and action. As illustration, the author discusses Nepali immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area who established a transnational social action group called Kartabya. Hometown associations, home-host country relationships, indigenous practices and misunderstandings between those who remain and those who leave are mentioned.