Authors: Njeri Clement, Professor Mumbi Mwangi
This study uses feminist qualitative methodology and conceptual framework to explore the narrative experiences of African women immigrants living in Minnesota. Specifically, the study documents factors that influence ways in which these women construct and give meaning to their diasporic experiences. Through in-depth interviews of seven African women immigrants, the study explored challenges that these women face settling in their ‘new home’ in the state of Minnesota. Additionally, this study identifies approaches that the women use to negotiate their sense of belonging in their new homes away from home. The findings of this study highlight the complexity of African immigrant women’s lives at the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity etc. which challenge the construction of immigrant women as passive and unengaged. Despite the challenges of dislocation, African women immigrants contended that maintaining ties with Africa was central to their healing process and to the development of transformational strategies for negotiating diaspora. This study not only contributes to the much-needed feminist research on African women immigrants in Minnesota, but also provides important knowledge and perspectives in responding to the needs of immigrant communities and specifically African women immigrants.
Keywords: African Women, Diaspora, Immigration, Feminist Theory, Transnational Feminism, Culture, Gender.