Bangladeshi diaspora in New York City
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This chapter explores the vibrancy of the links which are maintained with Bangladesh. I will argue that, whilst having made lives in America, many first-generation people continue to regard Bangladesh as central to their identity and as a true home. I will provide ethnographic evidence of how connectedness is maintained through everyday interactions amongst themselves. The New York neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Jamaica are often referred to as ‘sleepless places’ for the Bangladeshis. The evidence suggests that ‘place’ and ‘identity’ become highly complex when we consider the children born and brought up in America. Children do not often perceive desh (homeland) and bidesh (outside the homeland/America) the way their parents tend to. My argument is that this contestation around meanings given to desh and bidesh is of particular importance for the children involved.