Amal’s Intercultural Encounter in Shaping Her Diasporic Identity in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin
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- Diasporic Identity, Identity Development, Intercultural Encounter
In this modern era, going from one country to another could be done easily supported by the advancement in technology. People who come to a new country need to fit into a ‘new’ society in case they want to be acknowledged, or they could keep their culture and oppose conformity. This study aims to reveal Amal’s intercultural encounter in shaping her diasporic identity in Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings in Jenin. To avoid a broad analysis, the study is limited only to Amal, the main female character in the novel. Postcolonial approach and theory, culture and identity, and diasporic identity theories are used for data analysis. Particularly, Martin and Nakayama’s multi-stages of identity development theory is also used to reveal the development of Amal’s diasporic identity in her journey as a minority in the States. The study shows that Amal’s intercultural encounter has critical roles to shape her diasporic identity. As an Arab who lives in America, her cultures collide with American cultures. Amal has undergone a confusion state: if she did not conform, she would feel the Otherness in herself and could not socialize well with American society. Eventually, Amal decides to conform to American culture. She reduces her Arab identity, but not entirely while gaining a new identity as an American.
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TY - CONF AU - Aimatul A. Maghfiroh AU - Much. Khoiri PY - 2020 DA - 2020/12/03 TI - Amal’s Intercultural Encounter in Shaping Her Diasporic Identity in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin BT - Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Arts and Humanities (IJCAH 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 553 EP - 560 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201201.097 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201201.097 ID - Maghfiroh2020 ER -