Week 9: “Video by Rima Berns McGown”
● Opening statement: Political culture in immigrant diaspora of
immigrant receiving country has huge impact on what happens there,
● Berns-McGowan speaks on interviews she did with two diasporic
Somalia communities – one in UK, one in Canada; they are now:
● What did they choose to hold onto as they moved into diaspora?
● Both communities: religion!
● Movement lead overwhelmingly by women
● Everyone who moved into diaspora experience trauma ● Interviewees responded: 5 daily prayers was the one thing they could
● Women were afraid of their children losing their religion
● Women were skeptical of Islamist groups
● They formed their own religious groups in the context of their
● Both communities experienced similar things: racism, etc.
● Canada: you can be both Canadian and Somali
● UK: you can only be Somali (never become British)
● Big difference in sense of connection to society
● Canada: engaged in politics, learn English, want to learn French
● UK: didn’t care about politics, feelings of alienation, indifference
● “being Canadian” – aligning with other Canadian women, learning