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This subject looks at the study of diaspora in a historical context from the histories of dispersion and migration, to model minority discourses, and the forces of globalisation/internationalisation. The subject emphasises the changing meanings of the space, place and position of "home" as they relate to the politics of identity and the mobility of location. Through the interfaces of race, class, gender and sexuality, the cultural productions of diasporic communities are examined as sites of resistance and new desires of belonging. The subject asks students to focus on new technologies, such as cable and minority television, transnational cinema, and the computer network, to explore the relationship between technology and media as diasporic tools for cultural maintenance and negotiation.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand the study of diaspora in a historical context, beginning with the histories of dispersion and migration, to model minority discourses, and the forces of globalised diasporic cultural studies position;
- comprehend diaspora and the politics of identity and location;
- be familiar with contemporary diasporic technologies (the Internet, Third Cinema, cable and minority television, transnational media, Hong Kong Cinema) as tools for cultural negotiation and maintenance; and
- recognise and analyse diasporic strategies and sites of cultural memories and resistance.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- have advanced research and analytic skills;
- develop critical and ethical self-awareness; and
- have the ability to develop and communicate effective arguments in both oral and written form.
Last updated: 3 November 2022