- 29 March 2013
In this edition, you will find the following feature articles:
Opinion Piece: Mali After the Military Intervention, by Olivier Walther
Interview with Sandra Chait: Exploring Issues of Power and Identity Among Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis in the Pacific Northwest
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- 25 March 2013
Dear Members, greetings from Pretoria, South Africa. It is with great pleasure that I write these notes to inform you about the wonderful transformation that is taking place at our organization. After a long and difficult year our association is now on solid ground. After the very testing financial situation which we found ourselves last year the organization is now out of the woods, although there is still some way to go before we are fully in a sustainable state. The Secretariat has been fully re-established and we have three talented and wonderful staff at headquarters. The new structure and the team are appropriately aligned with the needs of our members and the objectives of the organization. Suzanne who helped guide the process of recovery last year as interim Executive Director is now at the helm, and Funmi and Kathryn have joined her to constitute our secretariat team. I urge all members to welcome them and give them the support they need to help ASA shine.
- 25 March 2013
by Olivier Walther, PhD
- 28 March 2013
Exploring Issues of Power and Identity Among Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis in the Pacific Northwest
Interview with Dr. Sandra Chait
Dr. Sandra Chait has spent the last 12 years working on issues of immigration and identity, with a particular focus on the experiences of Ethiopians, Eritreans and Somalis living in the Pacific Northwest. She started exploring these issues while teaching African Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle and serving as Associate Director of the University’s Program on Africa. During this time, students from these Horn of Africa countries would often approach her to share their experiences as immigrants. -She found their accounts compelling, particularly because of the political/cultural differences that frequently contradicted one another’s accounts of the same events.