Assimilation at home and abroad

Assimilation at home and abroad

Global Space about the Chaldeans
Whether undertaken or not, assimilation is a key part of the immigrant experience. Simply defined, assimilation is “the process of becoming similar to something,” implying that there is still room for difference. Yet historically and currently, assimilation demands the rejection or erasure of the immigrant’s native culture. This talk will examine the Chaldean experience with forced assimilation in Iraq, and how this trauma shaped their decision to assimilate upon immigrating to the United States. Fleeing persecution and ethnic cleansing and facing indelible xenophobia, many Chaldean immigrants undertook what I refer to as preventative assimilation. This type of assimilation affects not only the immigrant, but their children and grandchildren as well. Utilizing firsthand testimony from Chaldean immigrants and their children and grandchildren, and my own perspective as a second-generation Chaldean American, I will present how assimilation has impacted our community, and how we can preserve our culture for future generations.
Date: Thursday, 19th May 2022, 6:30 pm
Contributor: Samantha Deddeh (Salzburg/USA) Fulbright Scholarship Holder with research focus on education studies.
Venue: Afro-Asian Institute, Club Room (ground floor)
Language: English
In cooperation with: International Office and the Center for Intercultural Theology, Study of Religions at the University of Salzburg, Referat für Weltkirche der Erzdiözese Salzburg,  Katholische Hochschulgemeinde, Referat für Weltkirche