Ien ANG (University of Western Sydney), Representing Social Life in a Conflictive Global World: From Diaspora to Hybridity, English/13 pages, June 2003.


The globalisation of the world of the past decades has unleashed contradictory cultural effects. One the one hand, there has been an increased emphasis on transnational mobility, flexibility and cosmopolitanism; on the other, however, globalisation has also created new social antagonisms which are expressed in the assertion of militant identities against the hegemony of 'the West'. In this paper, I will discuss how the contemporary popularity of the term 'diaspora' can be understood in this context of an increasingly conflictive globalised world. I will critique the cultural politics of diaspora - with a specific reference to the Chinese diaspora - and will suggest that the concept of hybridity provides us with a more salutary tool for the representation of social life in a world which is ever more dangerously threatened by fundamentalist ways of thinking.