Transnationalism is a word that I never really gave much thought to it’s meaning. I didn’t really think about how moving from one country to another and living in that society could be difficult. I didn’t think about how moving from one country you’ve lived in your entire life, to a new country that’s completely different than what you’re used to, where there are no people you’re familiar with. However, these sorts of feelings can happen within your own community. If you don’t fit in to the society in which you live in, you can be excluded from society as a whole.
Before I watched Mississippi Masala, I decided to look up some information about the film and learned that the family was forced to leave Uganda because Indians were becoming wealthier than the local Ugandan people and the president forced them to leave but (summarizing) but this even actually took place. Asian men and women in Uganda were actually making more money and wealth, so they were forced to leave. When I read this I immediately thought about other cases of groups of people being forced to leave their homes and it’s not a “good list”.
In Mississippi Masala we see these feelings of anger brought on by Meena’s father at the fact that his daughter is dating a man of color. The revelation that Jay’s daughter was dating a man of color had to of brought up these mixed feelings of emotions for Jay. I even began to think of the partition of the Hindu/Muslim community of India when the British left India to rule itself in the 1940’s. To think that people’s lives were displaced or changed forever simply because of their color of skin or religious beliefs is truly saddening, to say the least.
Living in a new country and dealing with the difficulties that come with that can be difficult and I know that first hand. My mother was an immigrant from this country from Germany and she has always told me growing up that it was hard for her when she first moved here. When she married my father, my grandfather was FURIOUS and didn’t talk to my mother for over 25 years! I understand Meena’s situation because I’ve seen it first hand.
I will wrap up my post by saying that I thought this was something that was no longer an issue but then I realized that the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts are no different. People want a place to feel like they belong to a community of people who are just like they are. For a lack of better words, people want to belong to something. If we as humans can’t realize the importance of difference than we’re in trouble. Our differences and how we live are lives are important parts of what makes us who we are.