Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

South Asian Diaspora in Film

  • Jigna Desai
Arts in Diasporas
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_37

Introduction

South Asian diasporas encompass people (and their ancestry) who have emigrated from South Asia.1 There are approximately 20 million people in the Indian diaspora alone. South Asian migrations are recent, as with the guest workers to the Middle East; past, as in the indentured servants who settled in the Caribbean during colonialism; or even multiple, as in the South Asian descendants who, evicted from Uganda, resettled in Britain. South Asian diasporas encompass migrations to Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, North America, Fiji, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and East and South Africa in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Though it is the literature of South Asian diasporic writers such as Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje, Bharathi Mukherjee, and Jhumpa Lahiri that has garnered academic and popular attention, it is cinema that reaches tens, if not hundreds, of millions of viewers. Film has played a feature role in the formation of South Asian...

Keywords

Film Industry Migrant Community Indian Cinema South Asian Community Film Festival 
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