Diaspora is a funny word but it’s a pretty simple concept. Diaspora is any population that is separated from where they came from, think African-American or what’s happened with Aborigines in Australia. Both of these groups were separated from where they came from. So using this Diasporic Media is media about or from a diaspora. I know, it’s a weird word.
A really good example of this is the Aboriginal art that gets made. You know, stuff like this:
That kind of art can sell for quite a bit, and has done for a while now. It’s art that’s so specific to one ethnic group, that tells their stories, and it sells quite well internationally. Each Aboriginal tribe even has differences in their painting style which breaks the genre down even further. It’s truly wonderful to see such vibrant and different displays of these art pieces.
It becomes a little sad when these styles are then taken by other ethnic groups and turned into images like this:
It’s wrong that an art style that’s so specific to one group, that was made by them, is being exploited by people in such a simple way to make quick money. This might sound quite restrictive, but diasporic media should be created by the diaspora. It means that the art can keep it’s rich culture and history and value without those who haven’t been taught the intricacies of it making it worthless.