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Title:Generations apart: pre-immigration experiences and transnationalism among Ethiopian immigrants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
Author:Kebede, Kassahun
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
United States
international migration
social environment
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/18725465-00901001
Abstract:This study of Ethiopian immigrants in the Washington, d.c. metropolitan area suggests that the continued involvement of immigrants with their place of origin is significantly shaped by pre-immigration and migration experiences. From the author's historically informed ethnographic work as well as the analysis of informants' pre-migration class and political backgrounds and the reasons why they left Ethiopia since the 1960s, three generations emerge: the Royalists, the Revolutionaries, and the DVs (Diversity Visa immigrants). In this article the author explores the multiple and often contradictory narratives and discourses that characterize these generations. He also explores the ways in which the heterogeneity between the generations is manifested in their way of experiencing the United States, in their relationship with the homeland, and in the inter-generational interactions that bind them to one another. He uses this case study to argue that attending to pre-migration intra- as well as inter-generational differences in immigrants' experiences and views of their home and receiving countries will yield a fuller and more accurate picture of transnational migration. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]