Atlanta, GA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/08/2013 -- Ashley Elizabeth Wood plans to travel to Albania during June and July 2013 to collect individual stories related to immigration and emigration.
Albanian contemporaries have experienced decades of political instability, wars and economic hardship as well as systems of government that are unable to eradicate the culture of blood-feuds (where two enemy families create a vicious circle of honor-based killings). As a consequence, Albanians are intimately familiar with transmigration, which leads to multi-nationalism, multilingualism and multiculturalism, strengthening the Albanian character. By sharing the language, Albanians are able to relate to each other across borders through music. This is remarkable because for most of the 20th century, music was either banned or censured in Albania.
This project focuses on documenting the experiences and stories related to the Albanian people (located inside of and outside of Albania). The book will be intended for English-speaking Albanians, academics and experts on Balkan affairs. Ashley also plans to release a simultaneous translation in Albanian so that the book is accessible to all Albanians. Her ultimate goal is for the book to be understood in the context of the ongoing immigration debate in the United States which tends to ignore the European immigrants' point of view.
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