Seeking Salaam: Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalis in the Pacific Northwest, by Sandra M. Chait
Seeking Salaam: Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalis in the Pacific Northwest, by Sandra M. Chait.
"Prolonged violence in the Horn of Africa, the northeastern corner of the continent, has led growing numbers of Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalis to flee to the United States. Despite the enmity created by centuries of conflict, they often find themselves living as neighbors in their adopted cities, with their children as classmates in school. In many ways, they are successfully navigating life in their new home; however, they continue to struggle to bridge the old divisions and find salaam or peace with one another.
News from home of continuing conflict fuels historical grievances and perpetuates tensions within these communities, resulting in ongoing animosity that can undermine attempts at reconciliation. Such involvement with the pas can also delay acculturation and sabotage opportunities to attain the American Dream.
In conversations with more than forty East African immigrants living in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, Sandra Chait captures the immigrants' struggle for identity in the face of competing stories and documents how some individuals have been able to shake off ghosts from the past and reach out a tentive hand to their former enemies."