This project focuses on documenting the experiences and stories related to the Albanian people (located inside of and outside of Albania). We are currently collecting individual stories from ordinary Albanian people that we can share with the world.
The first book about the Albanian diaspora of Michigan is currently being edited and prepared for publication. The book will be intended for English-speaking Albanians, academics and experts on Balkan affairs. We plans to release a simultaneous translation in Albanian so that the book is accessible to all Albanians. The ultimate goal is for the book is for it 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.
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, foreign music was banned and national music was censured in Albania.