What does it mean to be Jamaican? Learn and discuss about the culture, social norms, and lifestyles of Jamaica.
Jamaica, an island country in the Caribbean, is known for its vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine. Among the many aspects that make Jamaica unique is its national fish, the blue marlin (Makaira nigricans). In this article, we will explore the blue marlin, its characteristics, habitat, and significance to Jamaica.
Jamaica is known worldwide for its vibrant culture, music, and of course, its rum. Jamaican rum has become synonymous with the country's identity, and many people wonder if it is as strong as its reputation suggests. In this article, we will explore the strength of Jamaican alcohol and the reasons behind its potency.
Jamaica is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant spirit. However, like any society, it has its share of stigmas and stereotypes that can be difficult to navigate. These stigmas can affect many aspects of life in Jamaica, from employment and education to personal relationships and mental health. Here are eight of the biggest stigmas in Jamaica:
See, I'm a white guy with dreadlocks, I got them about four years ago because I liked Bob Marley and thought it would look cool. Lately I have heard some complaints about white people with dreadlocks (e.g. a white musician was excluded from a climate protest because of her dreads here in Germany) for being racist. What's kind of curious about it is that these complaints mainly come from white people. It feels like they're trying to patronize other cultures by telling other whites what they're allowed to "imitate" and what not. So I was wondering, what do the people whose culture I am "stealing" from think about that? Because I met a few black rastas outside Jamaica (Chicago, Amsterdam) and all of them liked my hair. It just confuses me since my motivation to get dreads wasn't racist at all.
Y pree jamaican reddit. Mi born ah foreign but mi mumma and puppa born ah yard. Mi understand patwa good good but mi family dem laugh when I try fi chat patwa. Dem say mi accent sound bad. Coming like ah joke ting. My goal is fi fix di accent ting and teach mi yute dem. Can any of unno help mi fix my pronunciation? Edit: Can a native jamaican practice patwa with me and tell me what I pronounce wrong? I'm fully immersed in the culture but never get to practice speaking it. Edit: I can offer to practice spanish with you (I'm also panamanian)
I’m biracial, and have no history or knowledge of my Afro-Caribbean heritage because I’m from an adopted family. My genealogy is Jamaica, Ghana, Nigeria. I want to know respectful ways to learn and appreciate this side of my family. Any one know a place to start? Books? Resources? Thanks in Advance.
I even noticed on Instagram, Spice tends to have more of a Guyanese following than Trinidadian. Do Guyanese care for Jamaicans more than Trinidadians?
Going back to Jamaica soon and just wanted to know if anyone else who goes backs semi-regularly is constantly hounded by people who want to load you with shit to carry for them. It infuriates me to no end I’m literally looking at my bag right now and there’s no space for my clothes because people have forced their junk on me to carry for them. Is this something others go through?
Hey everybody! I'm currently working on a video/documentary project for the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo that focuses on athletes from the Caribbean, and this involves presenting background information about the places they're from... and A LOT of Caribbean Olympians are from Jamaica! So, the damn "suits" on this project are expecting the usual bullshit to the tune of "island paradise... steel drums... Bob Marley" and I REFUSE to present a Western/American stereotype of Jamaica! I want to learn about the REAL Jamaica! So, what are the big misconceptions about Jamaica? What is the REAL Jamaica? What kinds of things do you think form the "soul" of Jamaica? What do most Jamaican's love most about Jamaica? What are the biggest national or social problems that most Jamaicans think about? What are the things about Jamaica that Jamaicans feel most proud about? How is Jamaica different from all the other islands and nations in the Caribbean? What makes it special? What do Jamaicans care about most in how their country is represented? What's cool in Jamaica? What's not cool? What are the local things that outsiders would never understand about Jamaica? I appreciate your input on this! I sincerely want to break this cycle of countries like Jamaica being represented by dumb, outdated stereotypes. I want to present Jamaica as a place with good and bad, with nuance and poetry, just like every other place on Earth.... and to do this, I really need to learn about the REAL Jamaica!!
Came back to the states for a family reunion , over that 4day period my family would make Jamaican stereotypical jokes. I’m not sensitive I even laughed at them. But eventually it turned into remarks such as “your still here? , don’t you gotta go back to your people?” Now my family is Southern African American , Black American or whatever PC term for people who’s ancestors was US slaves. Moved to Jamaica when I was 18 and I’m currently 26 I love it here and plan on raising a family here. Even after their jokes turned into just hostile remarks I still didn’t really care. Until I noticed a lot of my family looked and treated me like I was different over little stuff like in my opinion a slight accent on certain words. But on the plane ride back all the way from North Carolina I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Now for the question . Is my family right in how they feel, am I only Jamaican and will my kids be viewed the same way my family viewed me ? Side note : And that’s something I love about it here, most the people I’ve met don’t care about race or background as much as people in the states do. Everyone is just themselves and don’t think about little stuff like that. My whole time here I was able to think of myself as a individual with out a race or stereotypes attached to me like how it is in certain parts of the states. The whole lifestyle and culture is just different . I encourage anyone interested in moving to Jamaica to do it!
I am attempting to gather more information about life in Kingston Jamaica during the 1980s. My parents grew up around the Kingston 10/11 area, but it is difficulty gathering information from them (understandably due to the trauma they experienced during this time). I am mostly interested in textbooks/maps/journal articles, but I will also read anecdotal sources (outside of the Marlon James book). Thank you in advance!
I'm a guy. I've always called my parents Mummy and Daddy since I was a kid; now, I'm in college. My dad wants me to keep calling him Daddy, even though I don't feel quite as comfortable with it anymore, since I can't help but feel like it sounds weird, especially in front of others. Is it normal for all Jamaicans to address their parents this way all the time, all throughout their lives? ​ EDIT: The alternative is "Dad," which I'm perfectly comfortable with.
Hi everyone! I hope you don’t mind me posting in here. I’m a journalist looking for contributors for a piece I’m writing for the UK-based site [Woo](https://woo.itv.com/). I’m looking to speak to young people who live in countries outside of the UK that still have the English monarchy as head of state. Any Jamaicans interested in sharing their thoughts on the monarchy, particularly in relation to their own heritage and identity, please DM me! Or my gmail is: brittanymaedawson. You can remain anonymous in the piece. My name is Brit Dawson – I’ve previously written for British GQ, VICE, Dazed, Rolling Stone UK, and more – you can find examples of my writing [here](https://muckrack.com/brit-dawson). Thanks!
Hi there, I am doing some research on Lucea and the areas surrounding the Harbour, I was wondering if there is anyone that lives there who would perhaps be able to answer some questions I have, it pertains to 18th century Lucea and mostly the buildings that are left over. I am facinated by the beauty of this coastline and would love to know more about the area.
Context: hi, I’m a mixed race 17 year old to a Jamaican Mother and English/Irish Father. My Mum’s family came over to the UK during the windrush generation. I’ve been tracing my family on my Jamaican side and found small amounts of Scottish in that side. I wondered if it was common with Jamaicans from St Elizabeth parish to have ancestors from Scotland etc. Thanks for reading!
My parents are Nigerian and I was born in Minnesota haha. But I was just wondering, whats it like down there. I dont really know much abour your Island other than Bob Marley haha. Oh and one of my favorite teams, the Minnesota Vikings, has a Jamaican player named Danielle Hunter, so theres that
What's the deal with tipping in Jamaica. I'm at Mobay atm, moving onto Ochios and then Negril. What's the correct amount to tip? Every time I've paid with card the server has asked how much I want to tip, without let me put it in myself. This seems very aggressive, but then I'm used to the UK system. Also what's up with your conversion rates to US dollers too, when I've checked it out, a couple of times your paying an extra $10 or so to pay in US. Are Americans stupid and fall for this?
Any ideas on how I might be able get in touch with my Jamaican roots? My Dad left Jamaica for the States in the 80s and is completely estranged from his family. I've never met any of them except for his sister. Not even his parents. Never been to Jamaica, so everything I know is secondhand from them (and from pop culture but you know). So barring his willingness to go to Jamaica with me and/or introduce me to anyone in his family, what are some things that to do or places to go in Jamaica on my own to make me feel more in touch with my heritage? Or anything I can read/listen to/watch? Any general advice would be much appreciated. Sarcastic responses accepted but some real ones would be nice too lol
Okay so here are some examples of what I mean by this question: -I don’t see images of traditional Jamaican wedding compared to traditional Nigerian, Greek, Indian, etc weddings. Needless to say, the traditional dances you would see at other weddings, I don’t see it in Jamaican weddings. -As for clothing, I can always point out “okay this person is Pakistani, Nigerian, or Japanese” because they have cultural attire that represents their country. Why don’t I see much of that for Jamaica? Everything seems westernized. I don’t know much about Jamaica so please educate me on the country and tradition.
I'm specifically looking for men particularly black men, who have had experience with Jamaican Women. Me and a Jamaican woman hit it off through text and phone. She has a spark about her and she seems genuine and caring as well as patient. Any advice or personal experience with Jamaican Women? Share your thoughts.
I am American, but of Asian and European descent but was wondering if Jamaica had much of a Hispanic community. Apparently it seems not so much, and only one Mexican restaurant I can find via Google in the whole country. I’ve never been to Jamaica but it looks great and Jamaican and Hispanic cultures seem vibrant on the surface so you would think there’d be some form of community. There may be thousands of Cubans and Puerto Ricans but can’t find much info. Is there much of a population of them? I know Jamaica has some White/British, Chinese and Indian populations but was wondering of the Indigeneous or Hispanic which isn’t too far away. Would be great to experience a little bit of Latin America in Jamaica.
My white friend was told that they’re cultural appropriation and is offensive to Jamaican people (by someone who’s not Jamaican 🤦🏾♂️) but in my opinion i wouldn’t be offended by it. There’s a voice in my head telling me I should be, but that’s only because I feel like that’s what other people would say. Again in all honesty though, I don’t see white peoples with dreads as super disrespectful or offensive. What do you think?
I have been thinking about this for quite a while now. I know that Jamaicans claim to be very patriotic. Therefore, they will let everybody know that they are Jamaicans, especially during the Olympics or when we are doing well on the international stage. Also, I notice that some of the harshest criticism comes from Jamaicans overseas. Some will even discourage people from visiting and make it seems like the island is the worse place on the planet. What causes this bitterness? Let's have a discussion.