dictionary.com defines Diaspora as the spread or dissemination of something originally confined to local, homogeneous group, as a language or cultural institution. So in that case, are humans diasporic? We grow up in one area, never knowing where we will end up. Using the case of myself, for example; I grew up in Central West NSW and moved to Wollongong for university, got a job in Sydney in Fashion Marketing; therefore am I diasporic? 

Bride and Prejudice

A visual example of diasporic media is the film, Bride and Prejudice.

Indian director Gurinder Chadha is well known throughout the entertainment industry for challenging conventions and stereotypes. The film shows the different cultures of the Western World and the Indian culture. The difference is shown of arranged marriage in India versus the uninhibited way in which in the Western World we are not confined to this. The film highlights the difference in customs significantly as the characters find themselves in different countries learning different customs, highlighting the diaspora of the film significantly.

Sara McCasker furthers this conversation of culture shock in her writing  > Bride and Pride: Austen Meets Bollywood in Culture Shock

BuzzFeed Yellow

This BuzzFeed video attempts to break down the stereotypes that the Western World views Asian people as.

The way they manage to do this has comedic value, they know that this is how the other half of the world can view them and they think that it’s an issue that is comedic. Just because they are Asian does not mean they are quiet or are all going to be doctors or mathematicians.

The video has been created to significantly break down barriers and explain their culture so that people can grasp a much better understanding of who they are as individuals, not grouped together as one large stereotype.

Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe. 2013. Diaspora in the Digital Era: Minorities and Media Representation. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.ecmi.de/fileadmin/downloads/publications/JEMIE/2013/Georgiou.pdf. [Accessed 7 September 2016].

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