Madagascar: What Happens When We Live Abroad

At Madagascar Croissance, Aiky reflects (Fr) on social dynamics among Malagasies living abroad. Says the blogger: “What is good about Malagasies is their friendliness and hospitality especially those living in Madagascar and those who have left recently. By contrast, these values evaporate once we live abroad, especially when we move to big cities. It is not recommended to spend too much time with compatriots when living abroad except if they are relatives … I'd like to talk about the way the Merina noble caste behaves in France, but that would be politically incorrect.”

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  • […] Indian Ocean water must contain a special tech mineral. Madagascar though lacking La Reunion’s aggregator and French ressources, managed to pull together a very cohesive and active blogosphere with a collective blog Malagasy Miray, over a dozen active bloggers (this does not include their growing crop of English-speaking bloggers), a blogger’s meet January 5th, “Malagasyscopy”, a “communal post” on Malagasy identity abroad to which most Malagasy bloggers contributed their 2 cents. One wonders whether this incredible momentum is not owed to the government’s recent efforts to refurbish the country’s image but active, enthusiastic diasporans probably deserve credit too. Alice Backer […]

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