chapter  5
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Boundaries of diaspora identity

The case of Central and East African–Asians in Canada
ByKim C. Matthews

In the post-modern era, increased rates of international migration have intensified the problem of identity construction. This intensification requires new ways of conceptualizing space and place. The salience of identity construction and representation is illustrated by members of diaspora communities. This chapter explores the ways in which identity is being and has been negotiated by Central and East African-Asians residing in North America and for whom notions of identity are, for the most part, deterritorialized. The meanings and locations of “home” for Central and East African-Asians of the diaspora are also considered. The complexity of their identity(ies) speaks to the primacy of agency in the development and maintenance of our sense of who we are and where we “belong.”