Friday, March 11, 2005

Cyborg's Contemplative Corner: Stolen centrepieces and the Cyprus question

Thalassa_mikra blogged the events of an American-Hellenic council dinner at: Cyborg's Contemplative Corner: Stolen centrepieces and the Cyprus question.

I've always maintained that Greeks in the Diaspora make up a separate race, more akin to other migrants, to a migrant race, rather than to the modern Greeks living in Greece. The binding characteristic of the Greeks of the Diaspora is in the way that they embrace the archetypal Greek identity, an identity based more on a static interpretation of ancient Greekness, rather than a Greekness that develops and changes (and therefore risks becoming less Greek or a different kind of Greek as it responds to the pressures of this new globalised age). In this way, the Greeks of the Diaspora are either to be praised (for their persistence in maintaining traditional ideals at risk of being forever lost) or to be laughed at (for their comedic grip on the past, above all else, above even the present).

It's a kind of death this insistence on tradition and culture. I also find it is a way of degrading what the modern Greek has become. As if he/she has fallen from grace.

[Note to thalassa_mikra: I couldn't comment at your blog, so I respond with this, here. How's the flower arrangement coming along? ;-)]


Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Oh, this is so exciting! The very first time someone's linked to a post of mine. Efxaristo para poli. I think you sum the diaspora condition so beautifully. But I think this applies specifically to the first generation, the one that grew up in a different Greece and are now loathe to part with their nostalgias. The second generation, the American-born, American-raised ones seem much more accepting of the notion of a changing, transforming Greece. They've travelled back to Greece more often than their parents' generation have (with more disposable incomes).

12:13 am  
Blogger kathryn said...

Haha! There you go! I actually couldn't comment at your blog for some reason. I should try again.

Anyway, you are quite right about the 2nd generation. Many 2nd-generationers are even remigrating to Greece more sucessfully than their parents.

See ya,

10:23 am  
Blogger consise10 said...

Hello Kathryn
Thankyou so much for your insightful comments about the Greeks of Diaspora.
It is rather comically tragic that they continue their insistence on keeping a culture,which is a thing of the past and somewhere stuck in the past,that one could either laugh or cry.

5:35 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so charachteristic of everything that is opposing to the greeks of diaspora-despite the fact you were born in Sydney Australia.You are courageous and accurate in your deductions about the Greeks!

5:38 am  
Blogger kathryn said...

Hi Consise,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it!

Yes, this issue of the diaspora is interesting and much more complex, I'm sure. I'm reading various scattered sources...maybe I'll add some stuff soon.


4:15 pm  
Blogger kathryn said...

Hi anonymous!

Thanks for stopping by to comment, whoever you are.

Hope you come back!

Kathryn. :)

4:17 pm  

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