Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen
Finnish North American Literature Association


Lehtonen, Tuomas M. S. "In a Strange Land: On Language and Identity." Trans.
Hildi Hawkins.  
Books from Finland 40 (2006): 293-299.

This article discusses the relationship between language and identity, specifically
Finnish cultural identity. While not addressing ethnic Finns in North America, but
rather the historical relationship between the Finnish language and culture within
Finland, the article raises questions about the automatic assumption that the lack
(or by implication loss) of language is symptom of a consequent lack (or loss) of
culture. The article brings up an important question for those examining Finnish
diaspora literature after the third generation when the loss of language usually