You...jamaican?! Pfft!

I was born in Jamaica but we moved to Connecticut when I was 3/4 years old. No one ever believes me when I tell them. I feel like I can't embrace the culture like my sister has and she is only 1 or 2 years older than I am. I feel like I know nothing about what it means to be a true Jamaican. I don't understand the culture but I love the food. I feel like because I haven't "embraced" it theres a disconnect between me and my family. I'm the white boy dating, tattooed, pierced up, indie listening, black sheep.

Go me, huh?

sparecincture sparecincture
18-21, F
2 Responses Feb 14, 2010

babe do you

I left the Caribbean, at age 9, and to tell the truth, I remember very little of it even though I live in an area with a high concentration of West Indians and I listen to the music/love the food. It's the reverse for me, my younger sis remembers our country better than I did (sometimes, I wonder if I willfully forgot that part of my childhood).<br />
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I wouldn't worry about being a "true Jamaican," (really, I don't think there's even such a thing because that culture is so varied). For all the West Indian people I've come to know here, there's always some who just love everything Caribbean, most who balance the best of both cultures, and some who just favors whatever America has to offer. It's your life and it's about exploring and finding what you like. What I love of Caribbean people is that most are so easygoing and accepting of the differences we have. <br />
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For myself, I think I'm in the middle today. When I first arrived, I was in the 1st category then for most of my late teens/early 20s, I would describe myself like you did without the tattoos and piercings but very removed from my native culture. Then, as I got a bit older and I hung around with people who were more deeply involved with their cultures, I started to explore my own and appreciate it (I think you can appreciate even though you don't embrace all of it).