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Khatharya Um

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804733

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804733.001.0001

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Homeland, Exile, and Return

Homeland, Exile, and Return

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From the Land of Shadows

Khatharya Um

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the different forms that memory, mourning, and memorialization take in the aftermath of this traumatic encounter and examines diasporic longing for re-connection and the different facets and layers of transnationality that manifest in the Cambodian American community. With the ancestral homeland connoting both solace and pain, it also reflects on the ambivalence that inhabits the spaces of dis-connection and re-connection, and examines the ways in which memory travels across time, space and generations. In looking at the relationships of diasporas with the homeland, the section focuses not only on the context of exit but also of resettlement in the U.S. as it informs the sense of non-belonging.

Keywords:   refugee camps, flight, refugee resettlement, homeland, return, diasporic imaginary, citizenship and belonging, loss, transnationalism

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