For the diaspora artist—I use the term the way I would use “disappearing artist” or “trapeze artist”…
–Media Farzin, “The Imaginary Elsewhere”.
For the DIASPORA issue of our New York–based Middle Eastern magazine, we wanted to treat the theme without sentiment; or at least, with a wider range of sentiments than the discourse of heritage (celebrate, defend) generally allows. We were interested in migrant culture—in informal economies and organized crime, in deracination and radicalization. We wanted to hear about what happens when Arab-Americans go Back to Arabia, and about the private lives of dispersed populations in the Middle East and elsewhere—Filipinos, Indians, Armenians.
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