The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

Celebrating life and longings: Bollywood dancing in Amsterdam

Dipika Mukherjee

One of the most vigorous and exciting arenas for linguistic change and innovation is within immigrant communities, and the 160,000-strong Surinamese-Hindustani community in the Netherlands is positioned within a multilingual Europe, a continent still coming to terms with the racial tensions inherent in a multilingual population with cultural pluralism. Dipika Mukherjee has studied the women of this community and shares her findings with regard to language maintenance and loss and also the obstacles they face as they try to define their identity and their place in the Indian diaspora.

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