Developing and Defending Mixed Identity: Lessons from the Caribbean Diaspora

With parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Ken says he is one‐third Chinese, one‐sixth Scottish, one‐fourth African, two‐sevenths Amerindian, one‐seventh Welsh, half Trinidadian, one‐tenth Barbadian, four‐fifths Guyanese, and therefore, a “true true full‐ blooded West Indian stereotype.” (Ken Corsbie in Dindayal, 2011, p. 134)

The importance and internalization of one’s identity is central to psychological well‐being and connecting diasporas. As both the outcome and source of diasporas, the Caribbean provides insight into the relationship between racial rhetoric and ethnic identity, especially among individuals who identify as mixed. The diasporic nature of this community can be envisioned as a double funnel: Africans, Amerindians, Asians, Europeans, and more merged to create the Caribbean cultural experience; then Caribbeans, steeped in this particular culture and rhetoric, emigrated out of the region predominantly to the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States (Diaspora Investing, 2013; Lowenthal, 1972). However, recent research into diasporas, ethnic mixing, and postraciality has neglected this robust and dynamic region despite its unique intersectional placement in geography and history. How mixed Caribbeans develop and share their identity, interpersonally and via social media, can enhance our understanding of identity development in an increasingly mixed global community.

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