Global Nepalis: Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora
Migration has been a basic fact of Nepali life for centuries. Over the last thirty years, migration from Nepal has increased exponentially, leading to many new diaspora communities across the world. In these diverse contexts, to what extent do Nepalis reproduce their culture and pass it on to subsequent generations? How much of diaspora life is a response to social and political concerns derived from the homeland? What aspects of Nepali life and culture change? In this volume twenty-one authors address these issues through eighteen detailed case studies that tackle issues of livelihood, identity and belonging, internal conflict and religious practice, in the UK, the USA, India, Southeast Asia, the Gulf countries and Fiji. Throughout the volume, we see how being Nepali outside Nepal enables new categories and new kinds of identity to emerge, whether as Nepali, Gorkhali or as a member of a particular ethnic, regional or religious group. The common theme of Global Nepalis is the exploration of continuity, change and conflict as new practices and identities develop in Nepali diaspora life.