Through interviews with Iraqi Kurdish refugees who are currently living
in and around Binghamton, New York, this study aims to evaluate details about
the impact of the diaspora on these refugees and its effects on the development
of Kurdish identity. Specifically, it focuses on the narratives of refugees who have
faced physical pressure and violence, cultural assimilation and ethnic cleansing in
their homeland, which has left an indelible mark on their memories and identities.
Lastly, these notes from the field articulate how collective memory gives voice to
the shared Kurdish past, refugees’ experiences in diaspora and the importance of
spreading memories of the older generations, particularly to second-generation
refugees, in shaping identities and reconstructing place in the United States.