1st Edition

South Asian Diasporas and (Imaginary) Homelands Narratives, Representations and Mediated Exchanges

Edited By Clelia Clini, Deimantas Valančiūnas Copyright 2025
    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited volume looks at the ways in which films, literature, photography and social media construct images of homelands and diasporas as well as the ways in which they facilitate exchanges between them. The volume presents with a dialogue between these representations and analyses how they are constructed, disseminated, appropriated and/or challenged in relation to recent political developments in South Asia and in the diaspora.

    Focusing on images and narratives about South Asia and its diaspora, the book aims to re-centre the political nature of representations, as it addresses the interplay between representation, imagination and identity, with a specific focus on the South Asian diasporic experience. 

    This book will interest students and scholars of media, communication, popular culture, cultural studies, Asian studies, politics and sociology.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of South Asian Diaspora.

    Introduction – South Asian Diasporas and (imaginary) homelands: why representations still matter

    Clelia Clini and Deimantas Valančiūnas


    1. Who is afraid of hybridity? Re-visiting Bhaji on the Beach and perspectives on multiculturalism in Britain

    Iulia Rășcanu


    2. Diasporic visions: colonialism, nostalgia and the empire in Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House

    Clelia Clini


    3. Haunting memories: Sri Lankan civil war, trauma and diaspora in literature and film

    Deimantas Valančiūnas


    4. The days of plenty: images of first generation Malayali migrants in the Arabian Gulf

    Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil


    5. Lost and found, centre and periphery: narratives of the Jain diasporic experience online

    Tine Vekemans


    6. Indo-Caribbean diaspora, foreign policy, and iterations of Hindu identity

    Sabita Manian and Brad Bullock


    7. Negotiating identity in the diaspora: the role of South Asian youth organizations

    Ajaya K. Sahoo and Anindita Shome


    Clelia Clini is Lecturer in Postcolonial Media and Culture, School of Computing and Digital Media at London Metropolitan University, UK. She is also a Visiting Fellow in Postcolonial Memory in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University. Her research cuts across disciplines as she works across migration and diaspora studies; postcolonial theory; memory and cultural heritage; film and media studies.

    Deimantas Valančiūnas is Associate Professor of film and popular cultures of Asia at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University. His research interests include Indian cinema, postcolonial theory, diaspora studies, gothic and horror cinemas in Asia. He is an editor of special journal issues and author of a number of journal articles on South Asian cinema and literature.