Newspapers published in émigré communities form a crucial bridge in migrant transition between societies, linking a common ancestry that binds them together while at the same time helping them adjust to a different society with a new language and cultural norms. That most émigré newspapers withered is testament to their very success assimilating émigré communities into host societies; many ceased publishing despite this success rather than from a lack of it.
Without digitization the invaluable window into history provided by émigré publications will remain closed to future scholars. Look no further for example than today’s plight of Syrians in Europe — will tomorrow’s researchers be able to access their firsthand stories chronicled online in émigré publications, or will they have to rely only on social media?
The fascinating contributions of Russian émigrés, ranging from Irving Berlin and Alexander Solzhenitsyn to Google’s Sergey Brin, are woven into cultural tapestries of North America and Europe. Although the Russian diaspora’s intellectual and artistic achievements are everywhere, it was not easy for scholars to access émigré newspapers chronicling these remarkable stories.
Until now. East View has added two major Russian émigré newspapers to its growing newspaper e-collection: Novoe russkoe slovo (“New Russian Word,” published daily in New York City from 1920 until 2010) and Za vozvrashchenie na Rodinu (“Return to Motherland,” published biweekly 1955-60 in East Berlin).
Both are being incorporated as digital archives, cross-searchable with East View’s other Slavic e-resources as part of East View's Global Press Archive, which indexes, digitizes and consolidates global newspapers, regardless of language or origin.
Za vozvrashchenie na Rodinu and Novoe russkoe slovo form the genesis for other e-collections in support of digital humanities scholarship in émigré studies, including Rafu Shimpo, the daily newspaper for Japanese Americans published since 1903 in Los Angeles.
Rafu Shimpo is the leading newspaper for over 400,000 Japanese immigrants to the U.S. between 1868 and 1924, when the Alien Exclusion Act slammed the door. Barred from the Constitutional protections of U.S. citizenship, Japanese-Americans suffered rampant persecution in the early 20th Century, culminating in their internment during WWII, virtually quashing freedom of the press for Japanese Americans — except for Rafu Shimpo.
The list of titles available in East View's GPA Émigré Collections will grow over time.
US History, World History, Foreign Policy, Émigré Studies, Ethnic Studies, Diaspora, Immigration Studies, Race relations, Literature, Culture, Arts, Consumerism, World War I, World War II, WWI/WWII – Home Front, Urbanism
Novoe russkoe slovo
Russian History, Russian American History, New York History, Communism, Cold War, Red Scare, McCarthyism, Jewish Studies, Labor Studies, Slavic Studies
Japanese History, Japanese American History, California History, Los Angeles History, Growth of the West Human Rights, Asian Studies