"Diaspora is not divorced from the histories of colonialism and imperialism, nor is it unmarked by race and the processes of racialization. It is not defined by these histories and social practices, but these histories and practices form a crucial part of the condition of diaspora’s emergence. Diaspora is related to globalization, transnationalism and postcolonialism, but differentiated from these processes, not by the objective features of demographics and geography, but by the subjective conditions of demography and the longings connected to geographical displacement. Some diasporic subjects do indeed emerge from the processes of globalization, but not all. Some diasporic subjects are indeed transnational, but not all. Diaspora emerges as a subjectivity alive to the effects of globalization and transnational migration, but also attuned to the histories of colonialism and imperialism. Diaspora is not a function of socio-historical and disciplinary phenomena, but emerges from deeply subjective processes of racial memory, of grieving for losses which cannot always be articulated and longings which hang at the edge of possibility. It is constituted in the spectrality of sorrow and the pleasures of “obscure miracles of connection.””

- Lily Cho