The discussion that follows is a part of a far wider debate on the relations between the apparent globalization of contemporary cultural languages and the evidence of micropowers and local histories revealed in the mutable constructions of identities in what Heidegger once defined as the 'epoch of homelessness.' This essay forms part of a work, Migrancy, Culture, Identity (Routledge, 1993), which attempts to explore the question of migrancy. As both cultural history and metaphor, the theme of migrancy is deployed to reconsider the complexity of cultural powers exposed in the current decentering of the cultures and languages of the West.