5.2d – Diasporas

Culture of Diaspora


  • A population of a country who have migrated abroad and keep strong identity ties with the homeland.
  • A permanently displaced and relocated collective.
  • The forced or voluntary dispersal of any population sharing common racial, ethnic or cultural identity, after leaving their settled territory and migrating to new areas. [Source: IB Course Companion: Geography]

Aims of this lesson:

  • To be able to examine the role of diasporas in preserving culture in onecountry and the adoption of minority traits by host societies.

Follow this link and enter San Francisco in the search field to see a Chinese diaspora in the US:

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Chinese Diaspora link

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Download and complete this mind-map about how diasporas preserve their culture: diaspora-preserve

and this one about how much the host country adopts:


Now write this essay: For a named host country, examine the role of diasporas in preserving their culture within it and the adoption of minority traits by host society. [15 Marks]

You can use this Chinatown example, or plan your own case study on the largest global diaspora – the Irish – using these links:

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Ireland faces new wave of emigration 2011

Will these Irish migrants be different from the past? 2010

Irish historical records emigrating online 2010

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The Japanese diaspora in Brazil

Remote cultures

Aims of this lesson:

  • To examine the impact of cultural diffusion on the indigenous and remote societies of the Brazilian Amazon through the influence of international interactions.

You are going to write an open-book essay in class using these resources and answering this question. Please use the planning sheet. You’ll have 15 minutes planning time and 45 minutes writing time. essay-graphic

‘Globalization only has negative impacts upon indigenous and remote societies’ Discuss this statement using a named and located example. [15 Marks]

Global interactions text-book – p176-177

Survival International – The Uncontacted Indians of Brazil

Survival International – Uncontacted tribes: the threats

Survival International – Questions and answers: uncontacted tribes

Peru drugs traffickers ‘may have massacred Brazil tribe’ [9 August 2011]



Cultural Imperialism

The IB defines this concept as: ‘The practice of promoting the culture/language of one nation in another. It is usually the case that the former is a large, economically or militarily powerful nation and the latter is a smaller, less affluent one.’

Here’s one example of one culture being promoted over another…

British Council

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China and Africa

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China in Africa – the real story

China in Africa – soft power, hard cash


Click the image for an article on a French alternative to Coca-Cola:

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Cultural imperialism, a very good explanation http://visar.csustan.edu/aaba/Essay.pdf
Wikipedia on Cocacolonization http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocacolonization
Coca Cola’s company website http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/ourcompany/index.html
Coca Cola’s sustainability page http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/index.html
Coca Cola’s Middle Easter rumour busting webpage http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/contactus/myths_rumors/middle_east.html
Coca Cola UK http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/
Coke’s micro distribution centres in Africa http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/community/micro-distribution-centres.html
Cokezone http://www.cokezone.co.uk/home/index.jsp

And there’s plenty of anti-coke sentiment out there:

Killer coke
Russian calendar
India anti-coca cola
War on Want on Coca Cola drinking the world dry http://www.waronwant.org/news/latest-news/15153-coca-cola-drinking-the-world-dry
The War on Want alternative report on Coke is very good and covers water, pollution, anti-union and marketing activity, good additional reading http://www.waronwant.org/attachments/Coca-Cola%20-%20The%20Alternative%20Report.pdf


Use all three examples to answer the following Paper 3, part b question:

“Cultural imperialism is facilitated by growing access to electronic media.” Discuss this statement. [15]

P3 Mark bands

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