Immigrant Stories: How did you come to US?

Celebrating the Immigrant in all of US--even you, yes you

arundhatiapologist:

"Sometimes I think if I hadn’t gone four years ago…"

"If you hadn’t gone four years ago, you’d have gone the next year. If not one year after, then two years after. You didn’t belong here. What did I tell you the first day? You have to choose to be here or there."

Le Passé, dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2013

(Source: fahmadfaiz)

On something that will always hurt

unapologetically-yellow:

U can say something in broken Mandarin without the proper tones and pronunciation and people will instantly understand what he is saying. If they don’t, they will go out of their way to try to understand what he is saying. 

I say something fluently with the correct pronunciation but wrong tones (or tones that they’re not used to, given the differences between Mandarin and 方言) and it’s a minute of blank stares until I run the gamut of possible tone combinations and finally hit the correct tones. Or, if I am stuck at the airport because my flight got canceled, like when I was trying to leave Kunming for America, I have to cry at the service counter before people realize that oh, she actually can’t understand what we’ve been saying and we’ve been rather rude to her and explain to me slowly why my flight can’t be rescheduled.

Each time this happens, it cuts a little deeper. The sting is sharper.

Without language

qaaliciid:

My words were never my own for I spoke a language that didn’t consider the inner conflicts tearing me apart
But my mother tongue didnt have room for the sarcasm that was part of my western lifestyle
So I made my own tribe but they didn’t feel the need for prayer and repentance…so I left
I move consistently although there is nothing to flee from
I am neither a refugee or a daughter of one but I have no identity
No burning in my rearview and no smoke signals beyond the hills
And yet as I write this I am still not worthy of a language
I’m either too white on the inside or too black on the out
I’m the awkward third wheel, the exception to people’s stereotypes
I am your green card for ignorance
Your inexperience I simply allow for my language is not valid to teach
I just want to be worthy enough to speak up and teach
I want to be respected no matter what tongue I speak.

(via qaaliciid-deactivated20140415)

we come in search of our gods
not the gods of our colonizers or colonizers as gods
not the gods of those
who watched while any person in the way of
liberation
was slaughtered and concealed
so the celebration could go on.

from agrarian poverty to capitalist world power
they call it a miracle
but how much carnage was traded for us dollars?
how much of our prosperity continues to be funded
at the price of anyone browner?

not the gods of those
who isolate us from millenia of wisdom
ways of preserving
surviving
thriving as human
that never showed up in the GDP
or imperialist texts on our barbarity

not the gods of those
who erase our histories
and reinvent them as cold war doctrine
the records began only once we were
whitened enough
sterilized enough
eliminated enough to build emptiness in place
pin-drop, carbon-copied environments
isolating us from deep reserves of unaddressed pain.

crosses scarring the land with signs of violence
each the site of an extraction and a transfusion
life drained out and poison returned
staking out territory in our very ability to think and question and exist
outside of the confines of another’s agenda
using our own compassion and sense of justice
as a cage to hamper energies
that would otherwise rush forward
mending and empowering the brokenness
toward a self-reliant people
who nurture and love and know
beyond what has ever been shown to us.

we are told to stop questioning
god’s plan
when we never got to tell the difference
between god and the men selling this god to us.

so we pray for relief
from the way we work in frenzy
to carry this country to prosperity
building the very forces
that will continue to erase us
while the country keeps crediting those
who from safety
commanded our massacre
ate our loss to claim it never existed.

our bodies and minds
spread-eagle like markets to be exploited
our habits studied to be twisted and inhabited
by artificial needs
our insecurities invented and made operational
the skins of our supposed liberators
sold to us as necessity

they did not come with guns pointed at those
living today to tell their stories
they killed those nameless and unfound
and they had the power
to make it seem we had done it to ourselves.

this is what colonizers do.

broken and irreversibly divided
we come in search of the gods in us
who have risen from illegal authority
when we found the smallest space to do so
who will shed light on
our true miracle
the power of people
kindled by han
daring to love what was always theirs.

Esther Choi

A year and some months ago, I moved to Korea with almost no planning or forethought. I was least prepared for what it would mean to me as a Korean American, how it would tap into my oldest traumas, destroy the protective idealizations of my heritage, and leave me feeling so constantly frustrated, powerless, disconnected, and overwhelmed. This is an almost unedited version of what I wrote in a moment of crisis during my year there. It’s an experience I have yet to even begin to process, and hope sharing this can be a first step in making it legible.

(Source: stabra)

oscardiazarts:

Óscar Diaz

Sin Título

2013

¡Qué Lástima! .1 @ Godine Gallery 

"This piece came from a conversation with my mother about how language migrates and changes. Our Salvadoran Caliche differs generationally and is also affected by the fact I did most of my growing up in the U.S.A. The composition of the text is not only sculptural but serves a concrete poetry purpose. The piece was installed near two doorways in the gallery to invoke the feeling of home. The "Yo" and "Mi" start each sentence from opposite ends and they meet at the same place at the words "sectiembre" and "septiembre." My mother and I might speak our language a bit differently here and there but it connects us to each other in the end anyway. The materials used were artesanias that Salvadorans in El Salvador make and that commonly make their way to Salvi businesses in the U.S.A. They are painted in a folkstyle with scenes of Salvadoran campo life which is closely related to the Caliche my mother and I speak.” Artist Statement 

Anonymous asked: Why do people (non-Chinese and some Chinese/ABCs I've met as well) not believe that Chinese people exist outside China and Western countries? Like it really baffles me why I have to give a short immigration lesson every time someone asks me where I or my parents of from and I don't answer with the usual [Asian country or Western country].

thisisnotchina:

i can’t speak to how chinese people (in china) think of the diaspora, but in the west i think a lot of this has to do with the racialization of chinese people (and asians by extension) as fundamentally alien and foreign, which related to the idea of the “perpetual foreigner.” by this i mean people view chinese as too connected to an ~ancient and mysterious~ culture to be able to fully assimilate into any other culture, which then helps to construct the idea that chinese people do not migrate. to add on the that, i think immigration restrictions (which ofc were largely informed by these ideas) helped to solidify the idea that chinese americans are either from families that settled before the exclusion acts, or are recent immigrants from after the exclusion acts were lifted. there’s very little place within the american imagination for the reality that plenty of asian americans have complex migratory histories and plenty of non-asian, non-western nations have sizable asian populations, notably throughout latin america.

if anyone lives in or around NYC, the museum of chinese in america has a wall that shows several families’ migration histories and it’s really fascinating.

-e

i read this a slightly different way and my answer will reflect that:

i think part of this comes from very essentialist ideas on race and identity, which is something i can understand from Chinese Chinese who don’t really have a personal understanding of diaspora but something i don’t understand from Chinese-Canadians, Chinese-Americans, etc. like i’ve met Chinese-Canadians who are baffled by the idea of an ethnically Chinese person born and raised in Mexico and identifying as Mexican.

or for another, even more ridiculous example: even though Britain is ‘western’ and has a long history of Chinese immigration, i see on youtube videos of Chinese-British vloggers, there’s always at least one commenter who needs to marvel over the idea that a Chinese person can have a British accent.

people need to understand that English-speaking big city Chinese-Americans and Chinese-Canadians are not the only representation of Chinese diaspora.

-n

shikhab:

#Vegas made the map. #beyondbollywood #diaspora  (at National Museum of Natural History)

shikhab:

#Vegas made the map. #beyondbollywood #diaspora (at National Museum of Natural History)

isanah:

True story: my mom told me a few times that Chinese people could be found all over the world, and I was like ‘what’ at the time.

I didn’t realize it until I went to this OCAC language study in Taiwan, where they had hundreds of kids of Chinese descent from all over the world, studying Mandarin together. The biggest numbers were from USA and Canada, but there were also kids from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, along with the rest of Asia.

It was a really eye-opening experience.

To the others, these accounts are about (one more) distant land, like (any other) distant land, without any discernible features in the narrative, (all the same) distant like any other.

This document is transmitted through, by the same means, the same channel without distinction the content is delivered in the same style: the word. The image. To appeal to the masses to congeal the information to make bland, mundane, no longer able to transcend their own conspirator method, no matter how alluring their presentation. The response is precoded to perform predictably however passively possible. Neutralized to achieve the no-response, to make absorb, to submit to the uni-directional correspondance.

Why resurrect it all now. From the Past. History, the old wound.

—Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Dictee

(Source: stabra)

Murder of a Korean Women by a JoseonJok: Investigation of the ethnic tension between the two groups of “Koreans”

tinasyhsu:

Murder of a Korean Women by a JoseonJok: Investigation of the ethnic tension between the two groups of “Koreans”

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As Anderson coined, nation is an “imagined community,” and despite its misleading fixity, is a fairly new concept. The imagined community I’d like to address in this post today, is the newly rising star of popular culture and electronics – South Korea.

This petite peninsula has put scholars and researchers all around the world in awe with its incredible speed in which it transformed itself from…

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African diaspora - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

African diaspora

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article addresses the historical emigration from Africa. See recent African origin of modern humans for pre-historic human migration and emigration from Africa for recent migration.

The African diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa, predominantly to the AmericasEuropeand the Middle East, among other areas around the globe. The term has been historically applied in particular to the descendants of the West and Central Africans who were enslavedand shipped to the Americas by way of the Atlantic slave trade, with the largest population in Brazil despite some misconceptions (see Afro-Brazilian), followed by the USA[1] and others.[2]

With regard to all historic migrations (forced and voluntary), the African Union defined the African diaspora as

"[consisting] of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union." Its constitutive act declares that it shall "invite and encourage the full participation of the African diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union."

History[edit]

18th-century painting showing a family of Black Africans in Latin America.

Dispersal through slavery[edit]

Much of the African diaspora was dispersed throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas during the Arab and the Atlantic Slave Trades. Beginning in the 9th century, Arabs took African slaves from the central and eastern portions of the continent (where they were known as the Zanj) and sold them into markets in the Middle East and eastern Asia. Beginning in the 15th century, Europeans captured or bought African slaves from West Africa and brought them to Europe and later to the Americas. Both the Arab and Atlantic slave trades ended in the 19th century.[3] The dispersal through slave trading represents the largest forced migrations in human history. The economic effect on the African continent was devastating. Some communities created by descendants of African slaves in Europe and Asia have survived to the modern day, but in other cases, blacks intermarried with non-blacks, and their descendants blended into the local population.

In the Americas, the confluence of multiple ethnic groups from around the world created multi-ethnic societies. In Central and South America, most people are descended from European, American Indian, and African ancestry. In Brazil, where in 1888 nearly half the population was descended from African slaves, the variation of physical characteristics extends across a broad range. In the United States, there was historically a greater European colonial population in relation to African slaves, especially in the Northern Tier. Racist Jim Crow and anti-miscegenation laws passed after the Reconstruction era in the South in the late nineteenth century, plus waves of vastly increased immigration from Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, maintained some distinction between racial groups. In the early 20th century, to institutionalize racial segregation, most southern states adopted the “one drop rule”, which defined anyone with any discernible African ancestry as African.[4]

Dispersal through voluntary migration[edit]

See Emigration from Africa for a general treatment of recent population movements.

From the very onset of Spanish exploration and colonial activities in the Americas, black Africans participated both as voluntary expeditionaries and as involuntary laborers.[2][5] Juan Garrido was one such black conquistador. He crossed the Atlantic as a freedman in the 1510s and participated in the siege of Tenochtitlan.[6] However, Africans had been present in Asia and Europe long before Columbus’ travels. And, beginning in the late 20th century, Africans began to emigrate to Europe and the Americas in increasing numbers, constituting new African Diaspora communities not directly connected with the slave trade.

Definitions[edit]

The African Union defined the African diaspora as “[consisting] of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” Its constitutive act declares that it shall “invite and encourage the full participation of the African diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union.”

Between 1500 and 1900, approximately four million enslaved Africans were transported to island plantations in the Indian Ocean, about eight million were shipped to Mediterranean-area countries, and about eleven million survived the Middle Passage to the New World.[7] Their descendants are now found around the globe. Due to intermarriage and genetic assimilation, just who is a descendant of the African diaspora is not entirely self-evident.

African diaspora populations include:

African Diaspora and Modernity[edit]

Studies on the African Diaspora have recently moved in the direction of understanding its role in the formation of modern times. This trend is in reaction to the traditional way in which Africans and its diasporans have been placed in history books, namely, as victims or people without much historical agency. Often Africans and their descendants are portrayed as representatives of primitive culture or slavery. The current consensus among specialists is that viewing the contribution of the African Diaspora to the history of modern times gives us a more complete appreciation of global history. The effect of the African diaspora on modernity can be viewed by the history and culture of the people from the African diaspora. African decedents around the world have kept their ties to the African continent creating a global community. They carried with them their culture, family values, views on government, and their spiritual beliefs.[9]

Estimated population and distribution[edit]

Continent or regionCountry populationAfro-descendants[10] Black and black-mixed populationCaribbean39,148,11573.2%22,715,518Haiti9,719,93295%9,233,935 + 476,277Dominican Republic [11][12]10,090,00084%1,109,900 + 7,365,700Cuba[13]11,239,36334.9%1,132,928 + 2,794,106Jamaica[14]2,909,71497.4%2,653,659 + 180,402Puerto Rico[15]3,725,78915.7%461,998 + 122,951Trinidad and Tobago1,047,36658.0%607,472The Bahamas[16]307,45185.0%209,000Barbados281,96890.0%253,771Netherlands Antilles225,36985.0%191,564Saint Lucia172,88482.5%142,629Saint Vincent and the Grenadines118,43285.0%100,667US Virgin Islands108,21079.7%86,243Grenada110,00091.0%101,309Antigua and Barbuda78,00094.9%63,000Dominica71,29395,7% (86.8% Black + 8.9% Mixed)Bermuda66,53661.2%40,720Saint Kitts and Nevis39,61998.0%38,827Cayman Islands47,86260.0%28,717British Virgin Islands24,00483.0%19,923Turks and Caicos islands[17]26,000> 90.0%18,000South America388,570,46128.70%111,511,261Colombia[12]45,925,3974.0% (black) + 3.0% (Zambo) + 14.0% (Mulatto)1,837,015 + 1,377,762 + 6,429,556Venezuela[18]27,227,9302,8% (black)181.157Guyana770,79436.0%277,486Suriname475,99647.0%223,718French Guiana199,50966.0%131,676Brazil190,732,6946.84% (black) + 43.80% if including (multiracial) pardo13,046,116 + 83,540,920Ecuador[19]13,927,6504.9%680,000Peru29,496,0002.0%589,920Bolivia10,907,778~0.5%54,539Chile17,094,270< 0.1%0*Paraguay6,349,0003.5% (Mulatto)222,215Argentina40,091,359~0.12%~50,000Uruguay3,494,3824.0%139,775North America491,829,0209.02%44,361,299United States[20]308,745,53813.6%42,020,743Canada[21]33,098,9322.7%783,795Mexico108,700,891< 0.1%103,000Belize301,27031.0%93,394Guatemala13,002,206< 1.0%100,000El Salvador7,066,403< 0.1%3,000Honduras7,639,3272.0%152,787Nicaragua5,785,8469.0%520,726Costa Rica4,195,9143.0%125,877Panama3,292,69314.0%460,977Europe738,856,462.001.0%~7,834,100France[22][23]62,752,1368.0% (inc. overseas territories)3,800,000United Kingdom60,609,1533.3% (inc. partial)2,015,400Netherlands[24]16,491,4613.1%507,000Italy[25]60,020,805~1.00%~600,000Spain40,397,8420,5%~200,000Germany82,000,0000.6%500,000 [26]Russia[27]141,594,0000.03%40,000Portugal10,605,8702.0%201,200Norway[28]4,858,1991.4%67,000Sweden9,263,8720.8%> 70,000Belgium10,666,8660.4%45,000Republic of Ireland[29]4,339,0001.1%45,000Switzerland[30]7,790,0000.5%> 40,000Austria8,356,7070.2%14,223Finland5,340,7830.37%20,000Ukraine45,982,0000.01%4,500Hungary[31]10,198,3250.0%321Asia3,879,000,0000.0%?China[32]1,321,851,8880.038%500,000[33]Israel[34]7,411,0002.8%200,000India[35]1,132,446,0000.0%40,000Malaysia[36]28,334,1350.11%31,904Hong Kong7,200,000< 0.3%< 20,000[37]Japan[38]127,756,8150.00782%10,000 –Pakistan172,900,0000.0%10,000OceaniaAustralia[39]21,000,000?%?New Zealand4,468,2000.2%11,500[40]

(*)Note that population statistics from different sources and countries use highly divergent methods of rating the “race”, ethnicity, or national or genetic origin of individuals, from observing for color and racial characteristics, to asking the person to choose from a set of pre-defined choices, sometimes with an Other category, and sometimes with an open-ended option, and sometimes not, which different national populations tend to choose in divergent ways. Color and visual characteristics were considered an invalid way to determine the genetic “racial” branch in anthropology (the field of science that original conceived of “race”, as a genetic branch of people who could have a relative success together compared with other branches, now considered invalid) as of 1910, thus not fully reflecting the percentage of the population who actually are of African heritage.

Largest 15 African diaspora populations[edit]

The African diaspora in the Americas, according to a non genetic based estimate by Lizcano: Black, Black African ancestry; Brown, Black African & European ancestry;Wine-red, Multiracial.
CountryPopulationCite Brazil85,783,143including multiracial people, 6.84% (black) + 43.80%(multiracial) pardo United States42,020,743 Haiti8,788,439 Dominican Republic7,985,991 Colombia5,019,100[41] France3,800,000 Jamaica2,731,419 United Kingdom2,080,000 Cuba1,126,894 Italy1,100,000 Puerto Rico979,882 Peru875,427 Canada783,795 Ecuador680,000 Trinidad and Tobago607,472

Autosomal genetic studies and the African contribution to Brazil[edit]

African ancestry has contributed to the formation of Brazil, along with European and Native American ancestries.

An autosomal study from 2013, with nearly 1300 samples from all of the Brazilian regions, found a pred. degree of European ancestry combined with African and Native American contributions, in varying degrees. ‘Following an increasing North to South gradient, European ancestry was the most prevalent in all urban populations (with values up to 74%). The populations in the North consisted of a significant proportion of Native American ancestry that was about two times higher than the African contribution. Conversely, in the Northeast, Center-West and Southeast, African ancestry was the second most prevalent. At an intrapopulation level, all urban populations were highly admixed, and most of the variation in ancestry proportions was observed between individuals within each population rather than among population’.[42]

RegionEuropeanAfricanNative AmericanNorth Region51%17%32%Northeast Region56%28%16%Central-West Region58%26%16%Southeast Region61%27%12%South Region74%15%11%

A 2011 autosomal DNA study, with nearly 1000 samples from all over the country (“whites”, “pardos” and “blacks”), found out a major European contribution, followed by a high African contribution and an important Native American component.[43] ”In all regions studied, the European ancestry was predominant, with proportions ranging from 60.6% in the Northeast to 77.7% in the South”.[43] The 2011 autosomal study samples came from blood donors (the lowest classes constitute the great majority of blood donors in Brazil [44]), and also public health institutions personnel and health students. The study showed that Brazilians from different regions are more homogenous than previously thought by some based on the census alone. “Brazilian homogeneity is, therefore, a lot greater between Brazilian regions than within Brazilians region”.[45]

Region[43]EuropeanAfricanNative AmericanNorthern Brazil68,80%10,50%18,50%Northeast of Brazil60,10%29,30%8,90%Southeast Brazil74,20%17,30%7,30%Southern Brazil79,50%10,30%9,40%

According to an autosomal DNA study from 2010, “a new portrayal of each ethnicity contribution to the DNA of Brazilians, obtained with samples from the five regions of the country, has indicated that, on average, European ancestors are responsible for nearly 80% of the genetic heritage of the population. The variation between the regions is small, with the possible exception of the South, where the European contribution reaches nearly 90%. The results, published by the scientific magazine American Journal of Human Biology by a team of the Catholic University of Brasília, show that, in Brazil, physical indicators such as skin colour, colour of the eyes and colour of the hair have little to do with the genetic ancestry of each person, which has been shown in previous studies (regardless of census classification).[46] ”Ancestry informative SNPs can be useful to estimate individual and population biogeographical ancestry. Brazilian population is characterized by a genetic background of three parental populations (European, African, and Brazilian Native Amerindians) with a wide degree and diverse patterns of admixture. In this work we analyzed the information content of 28 ancestry-informative SNPs into multiplexed panels using three parental population sources (African, Amerindian, and European) to infer the genetic admixture in an urban sample of the five Brazilian geopolitical regions. The SNPs assigned apart the parental populations from each other and thus can be applied for ancestry estimation in a three hybrid admixed population. Data was used to infer genetic ancestry in Brazilians with an admixture model. Pairwise estimates of F(st) among the five Brazilian geopolitical regions suggested little genetic differentiation only between the South and the remaining regions. Estimates of ancestry results are consistent with the heterogeneous genetic profile of Brazilian population, with a major contribution of European ancestry (0.771) followed by African (0.143) and Amerindian contributions (0.085). The described multiplexed SNP panels can be useful tool for bioanthropological studies but it can be mainly valuable to control for spurious results in genetic association studies in admixed populations”.[47] It is important to note that “the samples came from free of charge paternity test takers, thus as the researchers made it explicit: “the paternity tests were free of charge, the population samples involved people of variable socioeconomic strata, although likely to be leaning slightlytowards the “pardo” group”.[48]

Region[48]EuropeanAfricanNative AmericanNorth Region71,10%18,20%10,70%Northeast Region77,40%13,60%8,90%Central-West Region65,90%18,70%11,80%Southeast Region79,90%14,10%6,10%South Region87,70%7,70%5,20%

An autosomal DNA study from 2009 found a similar profile “all the Brazilian samples (regions) lie more closely to the European group than to the African populations or to the Mestizos from Mexico”.[49]

Region[50]EuropeanAfricanNative AmericanNorth Region60,6%21,3%18,1%Northeast Region66,7%23,3%10,0%Central-West Region66,3%21,7%12,0%Southeast Region60,7%32,0%7,3%South Region81,5%9,3%9,2%

According to another autosomal DNA study from 2008, by the University of Brasília (UnB), European ancestry dominates in the whole of Brazil (in all regions), accounting for 65,90% of heritage of the population, followed by the African contribution (24,80%) and the Native American (9,3%).[51]

The Americas[edit]

  • African Americans – There are an estimated 40 million people of Black African descent in the United States.
  • Afro-Latin American – There are an estimated 100 million people of African descent living in Latin America, making up 45% of Brazil's population. Many also have European and Native American ancestry, and are known as pardo, or mixed race. (Brazilian “blacks” are mixed to a significant degree).[52] There are also sizeable African-descended populations in CubaHaitiColombia and Dominican Republic, often with ancestry of other major ethnic groups.
  • The population in the Caribbean is approximately 23 million. Significant numbers of African-descended people include Haiti – 8 million, Dominican Republic – 7.9 million, andJamaica – 2.7 million,[53]

Caribbean[edit]

The archipelagos and islands of the Caribbean were the first sites of African dispersal in the western Atlantic during the post-Columbian era. Specifically, in 1492, Pedro Alonso Niño, a black Spanish seafarer, piloted one of Columbus’s ships. He returned in 1499, but did not settle. In the early 16th-Century, more Africans began to enter the population of the Spanish Caribbean colonies, sometimes as freedmen, but most often as enslaved servants and workers. Demand for African labour increased in the Caribbean because of the massive deaths among the Taino and other indigenous populations, resulting primarily from Eurasian infectious diseases to which they had no immunity, as well as attacks by the Spanish, and harsh working conditions. By the mid-16th century, slave trade from Africa to the Caribbean was so profitable that the Englishmen Francis Drake and John Hawkinsengaged in piracy and violated Spanish colonial laws, in order to forcibly transport approximately 1500 enslaved people from Sierra Leone to San Domingo (modern day Haiti andDominican Republic).

During the 17th and 18th centuries, European colonialism in the Caribbean became increasingly reliant on plantation slavery, so that, by the end of the 18th century, on many islands, enslaved Afro-Caribbeans far outnumbered their European masters.[54] A total of 1,840,000 slaves arrived at other British colonies, chiefly the West Indies in the Caribbean.[54]

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, harsh conditions, constant inter-imperial warfare, and growing human rights goals resulted in the Haitian Revolution in the French colony ofSaint-Domingue, led by Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines. In 1804, Haiti, with what had been an overwhelmingly black slave population and leadership, became the second nation in the Americas to win independence from a European state and create a republic. Continuous waves of rebellion, such as the Baptist War led by Sam Sharpe inJamaica, created the conditions for the incremental abolition of slavery in the region, with Great Britain abolishing it in 1838. Cuba (under the Spanish Crown) was the last island to emancipate its slaves.

During the 20th century, Afro-Caribbean people began to assert their cultural, economic and political rights on the world stage. The Jamaican Marcus Garvey formed the UNIAmovement in the U.S., continuing with Aimé Césaire's négritude movement, which was intended to create a pan-African movement across national lines. From the 1960s, the former slave populations in the Caribbean began to win their independence from British colonial rule. They were pre-eminent in creating new cultural forms such as calypsoreggae music, and rastafarianism within the Caribbean. Beyond the region, a new Afro-Caribbean diaspora, including such figures as Stokely Carmichael and DJ Kool Herc in the United States, was influential in the creation of the black power and Hip Hop movements. Influential political theorists such as Frantz Fanon and Stuart Hall contributed to anti-colonial theory and movements in Africa, as well as cultural developments in Europe.

North America[edit]

Several migration waves to the Americas, as well as relocations within the Americas, have brought people of African descent to North America. According to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the first African populations came to North America in the 16th century via Mexico and the Caribbean to the Spanish colonies of FloridaTexas and other parts of the South.[55] Out of the 12 million people from Africa who were shipped to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade,[56] 645,000 were shipped to the British colonieson the North American mainland and the United States.[54] In 2000, African Americans comprised 12.1 percent of the total population in the United States, constituting the largest racial minority group. The African-American population is concentrated in the southern states and urban areas.[57]

In the establishment of the African diaspora, the transatlantic slave trade is often considered the defining element, but people of African descent have engaged in eleven other migration movements involving North America since the 16th century, many being voluntary migrations, although undertaken in exploitative and hostile environments.[55]

In the 1860s, people from sub-Saharan Africa, mainly from West Africa and the Cape Verde Islands, started to arrive in a voluntary immigration wave to seek employment as whalersin Massachusetts. This migration continued until restrictive laws were enacted in 1921 that in effect closed the door on non-Europeans. By that time, men of African ancestry were already a majority in New England’s whaling industry, with African Americans working as sailors, blacksmiths, shipbuilders, officers, and owners. The internationalism of whaling crews, including the character Daggoo, an African harpooneer, is recorded in the 1851 novel Moby Dick. They eventually took their trade to California.[58]

Today 1.7 million people in the United States are descended from voluntary immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, most of whom arrived in the late twentieth century. African immigrants represent 6 percent of all immigrants to the United States and almost 5 percent of the African-American community nationwide. About 57 percent immigrated between 1990 and 2000.[59] Immigrants born in Africa constitute 1.6 percent of the black population. People of the African immigrant diaspora are the most educated population group in the United States — 50 percent have bachelor’s or advanced degrees, compared to 23 percent of native-born Americans.[60][61] The largest African immigrant communities in the United States are in New York, followed by CaliforniaTexas, and Maryland.[59]

The states with the highest percentages of people of African descent are Mississippi (36.3%), and Louisiana (32.5%). While not a state, the District of Columbia is 60.0% black. Recent African immigrants represent a minority of blacks in these three jurisdictions. The U.S. Bureau of the Census categorizes the population by race based on self-identification.[62] The census surveys have no provision for a “multiracial” or “biracial” self-identity, but since 2000, respondents may check off more than one box and claim multiple ethnicity that way.

Canada[edit]

Much of the earliest black presence in Canada came from the newly independent United States (US) after the American Revolution; the British resettled African Americans (known asBlack Loyalists) primarily in Nova Scotia. These were primarily former slaves who had escaped to British lines for promised freedom during the Revolution.

Later during the antebellum years, other individual African Americans escaped to Canada, mostly to locations in Southwestern Ontario, via the Underground Railroad, a system supported by both blacks and whites to assist fugitive slaves. After achieving independence, northern states in the US had begun to abolish slavery as early as 1793, but slavery was not abolished in the South until 1865, following the American Civil War.

Black immigration to Canada of the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries came primarily from the Caribbean, in such numbers that fully 70 per cent of all blacks now in Canada are of Caribbean origin.[citation needed] As a result of the prominence of Caribbean immigration, the term “African Canadian”, while sometimes used to refer to the minority of Canadian blacks who have direct African or African-American heritage, is not normally used to denote black Canadians. Blacks of Caribbean origin are usually denoted as “West Indian Canadian”, “Caribbean Canadian” or more rarely “Afro-Caribbean Canadian”, but there remains no widely used alternative to “Black Canadian” which is considered inclusive of the African, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American black communities in Canada.

Latin America[edit]

At an intermediate level, in Latin America and in the former plantations in and around the Indian Ocean, descendants of enslaved people are a bit harder to define because many people are mixed in demographic proportion to the original slave population. In places that imported relatively few slaves (like Argentina or Chile), few if any are considered “black” today.[63] In places that imported many enslaved people (like Brazil or Dominican Republic), the number is larger, though most identify themselves as being of mixed, rather than strictly African, ancestry.[64]

In Peru, the African population was very mixed with the other white, Indian and mestizo population; so someone is identified as negro if he or she has visible African features. Some mestizos and whites have a degree of African admixture.

In Colombia, the African slaves were first brought to work in the gold mines of the Department of Antioquia. After this was no longer a profitable business, these slaves slowly moved to the Pacific coast, where they have remained unmixed with the white or Indian population until today. The whole Department of Chocó remains a black area. Mixture with white population happened mainly in the Caribbean coast, which is a mestizo area until today. There was also a greater mixture in the south-western departments of Cauca and Valle del Cauca. In these mestizo areas the African culture has had a great influence.

Europe[edit]

Some European countries make it illegal to conduct censuses on the basis of skin colour or race (e.g. France), but some others do query along racial lines (e.g. the UK). Of 42 countries surveyed by a European Commission against Racism and Intolerance study in 2007, it was found that 29 collected official statistics on country of birth, 37 on citizenship, 24 on religion, 26 on language, 6 on country of birth of parents, and 22 on nationality or ethnicity.

United Kingdom[edit]

2 million (not including British Mixed) split evenly between Afro-Caribbeans and Africans.

France[edit]

Estimates of 2 to 3 million of African descent, although one quarter of the Afro-French or French African population live in overseas territories. This number is difficult to estimate because the French census does not use race as a category for ideological reasons.[65]

Italy[edit]

There are an estimated 1 million to 1.5 million immigrants from Africa in Italy, with only a minority of Sub-Saharan Africans. Most of the latter come from West African countries such as GhanaNigeriaSenegal, and Côte d’Ivoire.[66]

Netherlands[edit]

There are an estimated 500,000 black people in the Dutch Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles. They mainly live in the islands of ArubaBonaireCuraçao and Saint Martin, the latter of which is also partly French-controlled. Many Afro-Dutch people reside in the Netherlands.

Germany[edit]

As of 2005, there were approximately 500,000 Afro-Germans (not including those of mixed ethnicity). This number is difficult to estimate because the German census does not use race as a category, following the massacres committed during World War II under the “German racial ideology.”

Russia[edit]

The first blacks in Russia were the result of the slave trade of the Ottoman Empire[67] and their descendants still live on the coasts of the Black SeaCzar Peter the Great was advised by his friend Lefort to bring in Africans to Russia for hard labor. Alexander Pushkin's great grandfather was the African princeling Abram Petrovich Gannibal, who became Peter’s protégé, was educated as a military engineer in France, and eventually became general-en-chef, responsible for the building of sea forts and canals in Russia.[68][69]

During the 1930s fifteen Black American families moved to the Soviet Union as agricultural experts.[70] As African states became independent in the 1960s, the Soviet Union offered their citizens the chance to study in Russia; over 40 years, 400,000 African students came, and many settled there.[67][71]

Note that there are also non-African people within the former Soviet Union who are colloquially referred to as “the blacks” (chernye). GypsiesGeorgians, and Chechens fall into this category.[72]

Abkhazia[edit]

Some blacks of unknown origin once inhabited the southern Abkhazian; they are today assimilated to Abkhaz.

Turkey[edit]

Beginning several centuries ago, a number of sub-Saharan Africans, usually via Zanzibar and from places like KenyaSudanGhanaNigeria were brought by Turkish slave traders during the Ottoman Empire to plantations around DalamanMenderes and Gediz valleys, Manavgat, and Çukurova.

Indian and Pacific Oceans[edit]

There are a number of communities in South Asia that are descended from African slaves, traders or soldiers.[73] These communities are the SiddiSheediMakrani and Sri Lanka Kaffirs. In some cases, they became very prominent, such as Jamal-ud-Din YaqutHoshu Sheedi or the Murud-Janjira fort. The Mauritian creole people are the descendants of African slaves similar to those in the Americas.

Some Pan-Africanists also consider other peoples as diasporic African peoples. These groups include, among others, Negritos, such as in the case of the peoples of the Malay Peninsula (Orang Asli);[74] New Guinea (Papuans);[75] Andamanese; certain peoples of the Indian subcontinent,[76][77] and the aboriginal peoples of Melanesia and Micronesia.[78][79]Most of these claims are rejected by mainstream ethnologists as pseudoscience and pseudoanthropology, as part of ideologically motivated Afrocentrist irredentism, touted primarily among some extremist elements in the United States who do not reflect on the mainstream African-American community.[80] Mainstream anthropologists determine that the Andamanese and others are part of a network of Proto-Australoid and Paleo Mediterranean ethnic groups present in South Asia that trace their genetic ancestry to a migratory sequence that culminated in the Australian aboriginals rather than from African peoples directly (though indirectly, they did originate from prehistoric groups out of Africa as did all human beings on this planet).[81][82][83][84]

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Arash closes this part of the interview with an anecdote: when he was at the airport in Los Angeles after having entered America for a performance, he claims he ran into a young Iranian fan who expressed his excitement for the upcoming concert. Arash mimics the fan’s accent, which is a caricaturized version of “Los-Angeles Persian,” rife with mispronunciations and code-switching into English. This particular anglicized Persian accent is a point of mockery for Iranians, yet has also slowly crept into a place of prestige because it represents the cosmopolitan (and typically wealthy) Iranian-American who has the luxury of living abroad. Ultimately the punch line of the whole exchange comes when Arash asks the boy when he came to America. The young boy responds he was born in Iran, and had only been in America for one year.

This interview is by no means a watershed moment for the Iranian community in terms of reconciling ethnic and linguistic identity. In fact, most Iranians born outside of Iran probably still sound more like Arash in 2005 than Arash in 2012, and only infrequently face their differences with native-born Iranians head on. As time has gone on since the initial wave of Iranian immigration in the 1970s, concepts of Iranianness and diaspora have matured drastically. As little as twenty years ago, it would be easy to characterize Iranian culture and society as two nodes interacting with each other: Iran and the Iranian-American community, in which goings on in Iran were the core and the Iranian-American community was more of a periphery. As incorrect as that characterization was then, it has become even more outdated in recent times.

read more about arash labaf and the politics of language here.

taskeatorange:

my hair lady is Moroccan, married to a Lebanese guy, so she has the best accent in the world of combined maghrebi and lebnani (srsly guys) and mashaAllah she has a hilariously cute 4 yr old son named Imad, when I walked in he started repeating “7amati we3et bel mall” [my mother in law fell in the mall] ahahahaha I couldn’t stop laughing, (apparently her mother in law actually did fall in the mall and he hears her telling her friends so he’s been walking around saying “7amati we3et bel mall”), then he started saying “ana bayrooti, baddi roo7 3a bayroot, ana bayrooti metel baba” ahahaha…she’s like “laaa baddi 7etak bel maghrib shoo haydaaa!!” ahahahaha! then she started quizzing him and he can tell you all the capitals of all the middle eastern and african countries…I tried to get it on video but he got shy and kept running away. 

taskeatorange:

my hair lady is Moroccan, married to a Lebanese guy, so she has the best accent in the world of combined maghrebi and lebnani (srsly guys) and mashaAllah she has a hilariously cute 4 yr old son named Imad, when I walked in he started repeating “7amati we3et bel mall” [my mother in law fell in the mall] ahahahaha I couldn’t stop laughing, (apparently her mother in law actually did fall in the mall and he hears her telling her friends so he’s been walking around saying “7amati we3et bel mall”), then he started saying “ana bayrooti, baddi roo7 3a bayroot, ana bayrooti metel baba” ahahaha…she’s like “laaa baddi 7etak bel maghrib shoo haydaaa!!” ahahahaha! then she started quizzing him and he can tell you all the capitals of all the middle eastern and african countries…I tried to get it on video but he got shy and kept running away.