Maybe that is all the more why Hemingway's works (like here) have always appealed to me, with his short sentences and words that are rarely outside my comfort zone. William Faulkner may have insulted Hemingway with "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary" but I don't care; hey, I have never read Faulkner ;) Seriously, I had planned on reading a Faulkner work five summers ago, but gave up after only a few pages.
In graduate school, I was encountering new words and ideas every single day. One of those is a word that I now use as if I had known it even from my days at the kindergarten with Mrs. Higgins!
In our daily lives, we don't think much about "diaspora." But, if we paused to think about it, then in no time we are mighty impressed with the importance of that word and its meaning in the contemporary world. One can immediately understand why we would want to understand various aspects related to "diaspora."
This essay reminds us that we will be hearing a lot more about "diaspora" given the large-scale movement of people in the recent past couple of years. However, "while human migration is always part of a diaspora, not all migrations equal a diaspora." But, of course, we--including me--use the word "diaspora" a lot more loosely than it ought to be.
There are two weighty ones in human history: the Jewish and African diaspora. Even a mere mentioning of the Jewish or African diaspora conveys to us that mere movement of people does not make a diaspora. Right?
Perhaps contemporary Western societies’ misuse of the term “diaspora” to describe any national groups’ geographic migration is changing the meaning of the word. Or, maybe we haven’t done a good job of educating our citizens about distinctions of important universal concepts. Or, maybe we need a new term for many of today’s populations forced to migrate from their homelands. This will be exceptionally true if, unlike groups in the African diaspora, new groups of migrants are socially included in their new locations.Here is to hoping that we will see more natural assimilation as people move, and not the creation of more tragic diaspora stories.