By April Shemak

Supplying the 1st interdisciplinary examine of refugees within the Caribbean, valuable the US, and the USA, Asylum audio system relates present theoretical debates approximately hospitality and cosmopolitanism to the particular stipulations of refugees. In doing so, the writer weighs the questions of fact valueassociated with a variety of modes of witnessing to discover the functionality of testimonial discourse in developing refugee subjectivity in New global cultural and political formations. through studying literary works via such writers as Edwidge Danticat, Nikl Payen, Kamau Brathwaite, Francisco Goldman, Julia Alvarez, Ivonne Lamazares, and Cecilia Rodr¡guez Milans, theoretical paintings by means of Jacques Derrida, Edouard Glissant, and Wilson Harris, in addition to human rights records, govt files, images, and historic reviews, Asylum audio system constructs a posh photo of recent global refugees that expands present discussions of diaspora and migration, demonstrating that the peripheral nature of refugee testimonial narratives calls for us to reshape the limits of U.S. ethnic and postcolonial experiences.

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Valentine daniel and john chr. knudsen Asylum speaker testimonies rest upon their perceived truth-value. These testimonies reflect the confrontation between the nation-state and 28 / introduction testimonial articulations as they are under constant scrutiny for their credibility, or lack thereof. However, it would be fallacious to assume that all refugees, all asylum speakers, are silenced. S. foreign policy. However, the majority of testimonial narratives that I examine in this book reveal the great difficulty that many refugees from the Americas have had in testifying and being heard, whether in the United States or elsewhere.

Another way of imagining the poetics of hospitality for New World refugees can be found in Wilson Harris’s notion of the “limbo gateway,” which provides a useful concept for considering the transnational spaces in which asylum speakers exist. ”77 The dislocation that occurs becomes reimagined and reassembled via the limbo dance through “a profound art of compensation which seeks to re-play a dismemberment 20 / introduction of tribes . . and to invoke at the same time a curious psychic re-assembly of parts of the dead muse and the god .

While the hearings purport to provide a forum to investigate the exploitation of Haitian laborers in the Dominican Republic, I assert that these humanitarian aims ring false when read alongside the plight of Haitian boat refugees that I discuss in chapters 1 and 2. S. economic and political ties to the Dominican sugar industry. 140 I juxtapose the hearings with Edwidge Danticat’s novel The Farming of Bones, which tells of the 1937 slaughter of Haitian migrant workers in the Dominican Republic through the fractured testimony of Amabelle Désir.

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