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The Lebanese DiasporaThe Arab Immigrant Experience in Montreal, New York, and Paris$
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Dalia Abdelhady

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814707333

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814707333.001.0001

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Cultures of Expression

Cultures of Expression

Translation, Remembrance, and Global Burden

(p.133) 4 Cultures of Expression
The Lebanese Diaspora

Dalia Abdelhady

NYU Press

This chapter charts the ways in which diasporic identities and communal attachments are expressed by the artists among the respondents and focuses on their cultural expressions as a diasporic practice and form of engagement. Just as Lebanese immigrants navigate between the homeland, the host society, and the larger diaspora, so too do the artists among them express sentiments of nostalgia and displacement but also possess global feelings of belonging and cosmopolitanism. Lebanese diasporic artists express their belonging to a global community and cosmopolitan duty through their art work which emphasizes global social change, justice, and ways of thinking. This focus on artists illustrates direct engagement with the diasporic existence, but at the same time, their interest in social change encompasses their homeland, their host society, and the world at large.

Keywords:   Lebanese diasporic artists, cultural expressions, global community, diasporic existence, social change

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