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WHY CALL THEM DIASPORA ? By KARLA KALISA Some people call them diaspora other don’t even know how to call them which seek to safeguard and consolidate active links with their country of origin their ‘home land’ whilst preserving their status within their current country of reception. This is a phenomenon that involves European cultures, but also cutures from across the globe. C ountries like Rwanda, Uganda and T his is to say Does Culture Affect our Kenya has a huge diaspora populations in the United States and European coun- tries are having a hard time digesting their return. These nations and others are facing the many challenges posed by contemporary transnational communities and cultural flows. Some diaspora cultures, with clear origins following enforced dispersions, are well documented, for example the Rwandan, Ugandan, Kenyan and the Burundian Diasporas and, more recently, However, the majority of countries throughout the world, and therefore most Council of Africa member states, in fact recognize their own diaspora culture. In addition, whilst some diaspora cultures are relatively unknown, the majority of member states play ‘”host” to a great number of different diaspora cultures. Diaspora cultures exist throughout the world. The diffusion of cultures has contributed to the existence of a number of diaspora communities, Personality? Loosely defined, culture refers to the shared values, beliefs and norms of a specific group of people. Culture, therefore, influences the manner we learn, live and behave. Because of this, many theorists believe that culture is an important shaper of our personality. The major elements of culture are symbols, language, norms, values, and artifacts. Language makes effective social interaction possible and influences how people conceive of concepts and objects. Major values that distinguish the United States include individualism, competition, and a commitment to the work ethic. Why is language one of the most important aspects of culture? Unlike other aspects of culture, language does not change. When groups migrate, a shared language helps prevent conflict. Language allows people to communicate and provides a sense of identity. Languages can be classified into language families.