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date: 20 October 2019

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This article begins by suggesting three ways of approaching transnational migrant “culture” that evade the charge of essentialism. It then explores comparatively a range of ethnographic examples of immigrant cultural celebrations, starting with an analysis of homemaking and translocated migrant domestic rituals, from seasonal holidays to weddings, sacrifices, and offerings. Collective public festivals, street processions, and carnivals that inscribe immigrants' presence on their new places of settlement are discussed next. Finally, the article explores the aesthetic products of diaspora, both imported and created, and considers scholarly debates on cultural hybridity and hyphenated, multiple, and situated cultural identities.

Keywords: migrant culture, essentialism, immigrant cultural celebrations, diaspora, cultural hybridity, cultural identity

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