Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time

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In Homelands, writers investigate the complexities of how women experience, remember, and imagine journeys to their homelands. Approaching the topic from varying perspectives — exile, longing, belonging, diaspora, idealization — they show that “homeland” isn't just a physical place. It can also be an imagined community, a part of one's identity, or simply a wavering memory. It’s a world we create and re-create every day.

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Overview

In Homelands, writers investigate the complexities of how women experience, remember, and imagine journeys to their homelands. Approaching the topic from varying perspectives — exile, longing, belonging, diaspora, idealization — they show that “homeland” isn't just a physical place. It can also be an imagined community, a part of one's identity, or simply a wavering memory. It’s a world we create and re-create every day.

Among the contributors are Etel Adnan, who describes her life as an exile from Beruit after choosing to leave a city at war. Agate Nesaule, who as a youngster left Latvia under Nazi and Soviet threat, writes of envying a young Latvian girl's life, rich in place, language, and music. Sarah McCormic echoes the experience of many “American mutts” who can claim so many heritages that they feel a connection to none.

The writers in this collection beautifully capture the complicated notion of homeland and reflect the diversity of women's realities in the world.

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KLIATT - Patricia Moore
They were either born in a country other than the one they live in, or they speak a different language, belong to another race, differ in their sexual orientation—or all of the above. The 28 women who tell their stories here are searching for their homelands, but they are not always sure where those homelands might be found. One young daughter of Armenian exiles travels to Turkey to visit the village of her grandparents. A young Haitian-American discovers, to her astonishment, a link with her mother who had never spoken of her heritage. She asks, "I have a legacy. How did it get passed down?" An American black woman who has lived all over the US looks vainly for her home but sees herself as an "urban nomad." None of these stories have happy endings, although some have a kind of closure. Most are sadly disturbing. All will make the reader reflect on the meaning of "home."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580051880
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Edwidge Danticat     8
Introduction     13
In Search of the Next Harvest   Guillermina Gina Nunez     17
The Reciters   Agate Nesaule     25
Journey by Inner Light   Meeta Kaur     39
Oburoni No More   Kim Foote     52
Venceremos! Words in Red Paint   Ananda Esteva     63
Filipino Secrets and American Dreams   Patricia Justine Tumang     76
Journeys to Jerusalem   Lisa Suhair Majaj     88
Different Blood: A Journey to Myanmar   Wendy Marie Thompson     102
Dakota Homecoming   Diane Wilson     112
Homeward Bound: The Journey of a Transgendered Korean Adoptee   Pauline Park     125
Identifying with America   Erika Martinez     135
Seeing Istanos   Nancy Agabian     149
Waves: My Haitian American Rhythm   Phoenix Soleil     161
Leaving Battambang, the City of Answers   Sokunthary Svay     173
Heartbroken for Lebanon   Leila Abu-Saba     185
American Viking   Sarah McCormic     193
Never Gone Back   Leah LakshmiPiepzna-Samarasinha     208
What Is Home after Exile? An Iranian Greek American Homecoming   Aphrodite Desiree Navab     219
Yiddishland   Ellen Cassedy     229
Queer Heart in a Red-State Body   C. L. Carlton     237
Home, Adopted   Jill Kim SooHoo     247
Urban Nomads   Joshunda Sanders     257
The Route Back to Tonga   Loa Niumeitolu     268
Coming Out, Coming Home   Jenesha de Rivera     274
Embrace of the Motherland   Canyon Sam     286
Sowing for Lineage   Claudia Virginia Narvaez-Meza     299
Voyage, War, and Exile   Etel Adnan     307
Off the Edge of the World: An Ethiopian Story in Metaphors   Maaza Mengiste     319
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