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Multiple Transnationalisms: Muslims, Africans, Chinese And Hispanics

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Transnational diasporas challenge central aspects of the project of nation-state building that has long stood at the heart of Western dominant cultures. They create a reality best described nowadays by the notion of ?transnationalism". The founding act of the modern African diaspora was the transfer of Africans as slaves. Between 1500 and the end of the nineteenth century, approximately four million African slaves were transported to islands in the Indian Ocean, about eight million were shipped to Mediterranean countries, and about eleven million to the New World. Chinese diaspora is present in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres and its inner variety across countries and nations significantly contributes to the diversity of contemporary transnationalism. Hispanic (or Latino) diasporans can be found in a variety of countries, the UK or the Carrabeans, but most settled in the USA. In fact, they constitute the largest US minority group.

Keywords: African Diaspora; Chinese diaspora; Hispanic diasporans; transnationalism



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