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Where is Home? The Paradoxes and Potential of the Latvian diaspora

Rita Laima’s new memoir, Skylarks & Rebels, chronicles her unique personal story, and in so doing, captures the trajectory of Latvian history and grapples with the crises of identity faced by all exiles and émigrés. Laima was born in the United States to Latvian parents who were forced to flee their country’s postwar Soviet occupation, but she returned to Latvia as a young adult in the 1980s out of a sense of national obligation and cultural belonging. She raised her children in Soviet Latvia during the period of Latvia’s liberation and the Soviet collapse. Her unique vantage point—between America and …read more

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