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BECOMING AMERICAN

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Valentina Roccia

on 26 February 2014

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Transcript of BECOMING AMERICAN

BECOMING AMERICAN: EDWIDGE DANTICAT
AHA!
Stereotypes


"This conversation left me with a sense of empowerment, given the many things that we have been called in the past".
Dyaspora
A diaspora is a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have since moved out to places all over the world.
"I don't want to be a culture-clash victim. Nor do I need to be. We live in a more migratory and migratory world. I don´t know that many people these days whose bodies and shadows are exclusively anchored in the same harbor.".
Edwidge Danticat
Born in Haiti, Edwidge Danticat was brought up by her uncle after her parents moved to New York; she joined them at 12 and learned English, the language in which she now writes. She published her first novel at 25 and continues to expose her country's traumatic history, becoming a potent voice for the diaspora, also using non-fiction and film

(From The Guardian)
- Boat people
- AIDS people
- Dangerous religion
"The labels we were given in my Brooklyn neighborhood (...) were not very hip or self assigned. They were like lashes from razored whips".
Stereotypes as protection
AHA (African-Haitian-American)
"For some reason it made me glad. (...) The moniker was self-assigned and self-assigned tags are always better than the ones other people holler as epithets against you".
Tenth department
Mrs. Ché
"It is only my body that is here in America, but I am going to make the most of it".

"Even if you can't be with us, I will see your shadow there".
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