Diaspora can be seen as the Möbius strip. As a mathematical concept this strip is one surface with only one side and one boundary. Much like the people from Diaspora, who live in two systems, two cultures, but bring both together in one person.
Even though people live in and out of their country of origin, they keep the same values and norms, enriched with other cultural influences. This makes them tremendous assets for their country of origin, as they still think based on those values and norms – they maintain the roots from their country of origin.
It’s especially good when they get involved in politics in their country of origin. On the other hand they are big assets to the ‘adopting’ country as well, with possible projection in the political system, especially at the local level. They enrich the way of thinking in both places – bringing experience and best practice to the tables.
Dan LUCA / Brussels