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Voices from the diaspora

Mishra, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-0193-9736 (2006) Voices from the diaspora. In: Lal, B.V., Reeves, P. and Rai, R., (eds.) The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora. University of Hawaii Press, Hawaii, U.S.A, pp. 120-139.


The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora is the first comprehensive survey of Indian communities around the world.

Over 30 contextual features show the initiatives taken by these communities and the contributions they have made both internationally and to their host societies, in areas as diverse as literature, cuisine, popular culture, sports and political life. The greater part of the book consists of 44 country/region profiles covering all parts of the world. Written by over 60 scholars from across the globe, most of whom are from the diaspora, the encyclopedia provides insights into the experiences of a people about whom much is often assumed but little is actually known.

The recent expansion of the Indian diaspora, now some 20-million strong and growing, is a social transformation of global significance. Many members of the diaspora have reached the highest levels of global commerce and trade, international public service and diplomacy, the professionals and academia. In addition, the creative literature from and about the diaspora holds a distinctive and distinguished place in the world's literary imagination.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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