Contesting Places, Spaces, and Stories
Edited By Ahmet Atay, Yea-Wen Chen and Alberto González
7. Photographs as Diasporic Memories: Turkish Cypriots, Home, and Memory
College of Wooster
Lately, I feel as though I am stuck in a nexus of the past and the present, constantly having a hard time moving forward. Sometimes, moving forward and leaving the past behind is not an option, and it can be rather painful. Often, the only things we have from our past are the memories of what we have left behind, gently reminding us who we were and where we have been. Every so often, we realize that we can only exist by standing next to our memories. At the end of the day, we only have memories and photographs of the people we loved, the places we visited and to which we belonged, the places we called home, and finally, the places we can never get back to.
We often remember our past fondly despite our dark or bleak moments and hurtful experiences, and it is possible that the past was not as spectacular as we make it out to be in the present. After all, we try to hang on to the happy times of our youth, our past, and who we were, which possibly explains why people in exile, immigrants, and the members of different diasporic communities often story their past and relive their memories in order to belong to, feel connected to, and make sense of their in-between experiences that have been shaped by their colonial past, imperialistic agendas, and the outcomes of globalization...
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