I know after reading the topic you may be asking yourself what kind of madness is this? Well, after being here for three years I can say that one thing Jamaica and Canada have in common is diversity. Canada though, because of the influx of immigrants may have the biggest mix of cultures than anywhere else in the world and yes that includes the US. In the city of Hamilton where I live it’s incredible the mix I have had the privilege to meet.
Below is a list of all the people I have met from different countries since I’ve been here. It’s for personal reference but decided to share what I think is awesome. I’ll update every time I meet someone from a new culture.
Time flies so fast and I was suppose to post this on Emancipation Day or at least Independence Day but I have been real busy with a lot of stuff but God is good and things are happening. Positive things. I have been thinking about this for a long time and this is more of a discussion topic but for all of you who know about the Jamaican culture and are 30 years old or more. Is it just me or have we almost lost it?
Yes, I am talking about the change that is so drastic that children have no idea what Miss Lou or Anancy meant to Jamaica as a country. I asked a child what was Anancy and he looked on me weird as if I was talking some outlandish language. I think maybe Spongebob is his Anancy now and Vybes Kartel may be his Miss Lou.
Growing up I was exposed to historic facts about Jamaica in and out of school. My parents talked about what happened back in the day and television focused on loyalty to your fellowman and country. Where did this selfishness creep in? The one where it’s only about you and your children ad your neighbor doesn’t matter? This is not Jamaican! We come from a background of many different cultures, a melting pot that allowed us to be close and watch each others back.
I have to touch on cooking as food is a big part of my life. How many people have passed down the recipes from their forefathers? Blue draws and dukoonoo and rundung are all things that a lot of people don’t know about but are a part of our food culture. KFC and all the fast food joints are now the rage as nobody wants to cook and most likely if you offered some of these traditional foods to some kids today they may throw up. Our cultural foods go way beyond Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork.
I know I’m ranting but my very heart feels the change. When teachers are beaten for even looking at a child too hard I shiver. On the note of educating our children about our culture, I’m not sure what is being done and maybe I should research that but tallking to the set of kids who are in high school now only a few have a clue or even care.
Maybe the culture of the outside world has crept in overtime and now we are truly apart of one world culture. I’m sure Jamaica is not the only country feeling this when I think about it. With the coming of the internet and cable TV it will never be the same. And what is the solution or is it even something that needs solving? What do you think?