Diaspora Freeze: the way a culture or aspects of a culture freeze in time or progression in a diaspore community. Separated from the culture of origin, the markers of the culture of origin cease to be facets of a living culture. They freeze into symbols, or orthodox usages whose integrity confers authenticity upon those who maintain it.
Examples would be the Elizabethan English spoken by some Canadian islanders, or the failure of Latin American Spanish to pronounce "c" as "th" (a linguistic shift that happened in Europe since the establishment of Spanish colonies in the new world). This also happens with politics, as with Cuban Americans who emigrated during the revolution, or evidenced by statues of Sun Yat Sen in Chinatowns all over the world.
Diaspora Drift: the distance between the frozen diaspore culture and the progressed culture of origin.
For example, the now-capitalistic regime of China compared to the nationalistic, Taiwan-orientation of earlier generations of Chinatown immigrants.
We came up with this walking back from one of the hugest indoor malls I've ever seen yesterday. (Apparently, this one is only moderately large for Filipino standards.) Stephanie said there must be a sociological term for this and I suggested we just make one up. Thus. So.
Romeo shows off his Tagalog, which Stephanie praises. No, he says, it flows, but he speaks "like a three year old caveman."
I joke in the background that that's what my Chinese sounds like, "me Tarzan, you Jane." But there it is, the looooong streeeeeetch between origin and diaspore, where the connective tissue grows thinner with each succeeding--not generation--but year.
Where the gesture or phrase that I know has to stand still---to stand in for the living way, a consensus molding of every word and moment, that happens back in the motherland with what is supposed to be our shared culture. But I have no membership in this daily shaping. I have to freeze it to keep it and they have to change it to keep it alive.
Mike tells us that when talking to cabbies, he speaks like a ten-year-old, which is when he left the Philippines. That doesn't fly, though. They don't like being told what to do by someone who uses ten-year-old manners. They prefer it when he butches up a bit. Hmmm ...