The thematic sections Signs Of The Times, Croatian Philological Horizons, Bridges, A History, Heritage, Spirituality, Science and New Books offer a great diversity of material concerning our communities in many countries and continents around the world and from the closer EU neighbourhood
The Croatian Emigrant Almanac is a multi-purpose serial publication, available in printed and electronic form that analytically follows the social and cultural activities of the Croatian nation in the Homeland and the Emigration. The decision of the Croatian Emigrant Almanac’s publisher to print the Almanac in a trilingual form (Croatian, English and Spanish) is, therefore, understandable in order to bridge the language barrier and thereby be accessible to people of Croatian extraction from fifty countries across the globe that no longer use the Croatian language but rather that of their domicile country.
Argentina has offered Croatians sanctuary and creative freedom whenever they faced danger during our turbulent history. The strong emotional ties between families, separated between this land and Our Beautiful Homeland, were reinforced during the period in which Croatia regained its independence – which has since then and up to the present day, having joined the European Union, attracted South American returnee migration. This edition of the Croatian Emigrant Almanac has, therefore, placed the our emigrant communities in Buenos Aires and Rosario in its focus, discussing the fascinating migrant experiences in both directions described by Marijeta Rajković Iveta and Paola Gadže.
The observations of the authors concerning migrant practices in the most comprehensive article in the almanac will convince the reader of the importance to contemporary Croatia – with its many centuries of emigration – of issues related to the preservation of the language and the accessibility of literature to members of Generation Y growing up in a Hispanophone and Anglophone world.
These linguistic and culturological issues are discussed – from various points of view and on the occasion of various anniversaries – by our excellent associates from Sydney to Chicago and across the homeland, including Luka Budak, Lidija Cvikić, Denis Derk, Marina Gabelica, Vinko Grubišić, Lada Kanajet Šimić, Željka Lovrenčić, Helena Sablić Tomić, Tamara Turza Bogdan and Sanja Vulić.
The thematic sections Signs Of The Times, Croatian Philological Horizons, Bridges, A History, Heritage, Spirituality, Science and New Books offer a great diversity of material concerning our communities in many countries and continents around the world and from the closer EU neighbourhood.
There are poignant descriptions of the suffering during the Australian gold rush (Walter F. Lalich), the German epilogue to the leaden days (Gojko Borić) and the immigrant stigma borne by our people in South Australia (Vesna Drapac).
Along with emigrant history there are articles dedicated to the greats figures of history, science and culture – people like Ban Ivan Mažuranić, whose portrait graces the cover of this year’s almanac. Historian Željko Holjevac discusses a neglected book by an Australian historian of Croatian extraction that offers an interpretation from an out-of-country point of view of the Yugoslav idea.
Ivan Golub, Dražen Klinčić and Antonija Zaradija Kiš have penned encouraging articles about heritage institutions that have digitalised material for the Internet and about the traditions of Christian inspiration.
Among the thirty-two selected articles we also wish to highlight those on the mobility of our leading scientists, whose discoveries have impressed their contemporaries in the world’s most developed countries.
And while the Old Continent faces a 21st century migratory wave among youth – whose luggage includes university degrees – the introductory essays, dedicated to the social signs of the times, seek to define a basis for a more effective affirmation of return migration among ethnic Croatians to the country of origin, like the return from Germany this year of young biologist Iva Tolić.
The editor of the Croatian Emigrant Almanac is Vesna Kukavica. Publisher is Croatian Heritage Foundation from Zagreb.