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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Vėlavičienė, Silvija
Title: Lietuviškoji naujųjų migrantų periodinė spauda
Other Title: The new migrants’ Lithuanian periodical press
Is part of: OIKOS: lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos, 2007, nr. 4, p. 9-15
Date: 2007
Abstract: A new Lithuanian periodical press abroad arose after the re-establishment of Lithuanian independence, when new possibilities opened up that stimulated a great wave of emigration, first to the United States of America, then to Western Europe, especially Ireland and the United Kingdom. It was not easy for the new emigrants to join in the tradition-bound activities of the immediate postwar Lithuanian emigration because they did not share the latter’s commitment to the importance of uncompensated volunteer activities based on principles of sacrifice and charity. If the postwar emigrant generation regarded the Lithuanian press as one of the most important ways to preserve and foster national identity, the new emigrants had much more pragmatic reasons for creating newspapers—they needed to disseminate information essential for meeting the emigrants’ basic social needs in a new environment as well as needing space for commercial advertising likewise oriented to their specific needs. Presently we know about 12 Lithuanian language periodicals published by the new emigrants anroad; these include ten newspapers, one magazine, and one newsletter. Six of the newspapers are published in the U. S.; 5 of them in Chicago alone. The most successful among the latter is “Amerikos lietuvis”, which skillfully combines topics of interest to different generations of readers and since its founding in 2000 has become the largest Lithuanian weekly ever published in the U. S. Two weeklies each are currently being published in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The very fact that in an age of internet priority a Lithuanian emigrant periodical press still thrives is remarkable. Even if the content of the new Lithuanian periodicals cannot be unambiguously praised it must be admitted that they carry on the history of the emigrant Lithuanian press by reflecting the actualities of their time. They constitute a chronicle of the new emigrants’ way of life and deserve more attention from researchers.
Appears in Collections:OIKOS: lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos 2007, nr. 4

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