[Diaspora is] more than a voguish synonym for peregrination or nomadism. Life itself is at stake in a way the word suggests flight or coerced rather than freely chosen experiences of displacement. Slavery, pogroms, indenture, genocide and other unnamable terrors have all figured in the constitution of diasporas and the reproduction of diaspora-consciousness.
Paul Gilroy 1
Sittu is still in Germany, and trying to find a way to go to Canada. Raj is thinking about going to Holland, but nothing is decided yet. I think Sitha will be going to Norway.
Mohan, a Tamil refugee, in a letter to his fiancée 2
The claim that the Jewish Diaspora was precipitated by Roman General Titus's crushing of the Judean revolt and the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70 is something of a myth perpetuated by early Christians who wanted to prove God's punishment for Jewish connivance in Jesus' crucifixion. The guilt theme is picked up in the medieval legend of the wandering Jew's restless peregrination until the Day of Judgment for having mocked Jesus on the cross. Actually, the Jewish Diaspora—often spelled with the capital “D” that sets it off as the archetype of a certain kind of forced dispersion—has been enormously complex, taking place over thousands of years and branching from myriad locations (Cohen 1997:6-7). What unites Jews from countries as dispersed as the Sudan, Russia, Argentina, and Japan is