I believe that the film we recently watched, Up the Yangtze, was a great example of diaspora which Wiki defines as the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland. In the film, Cindy's poor farming family were forced into leaving their homeland and transferred 200 meters upland in order to make room for the government order Three Gorges Dam. Cindy's family as well as thousands others were not given a choice in the matter, therefore qualifying as diaspora.
Diaspora is a term that is explored in many pieces of rhetoric. Earlier in the semester we read the graphic novel, Persepolis. This too was another example of diaspora since Marji was forced (this time by her parents due to decisions of the Iranian government) to move to Eastern Europe because of decisions made by her country's government. I bring up the point, does diaspora have to automatically be an unfortunate movement? Can good come from diaspora? Can the movement of people and cultures be justified in the greater picture?
I personally believe that it is wrong to force mass amounts of people out of their homes for government decisions, although sometimes it is necessary and if that is the case the victims of diaspora must be compensated properly. Thoughts?