Congratulations! You Don't <i>Look</i> Haitian

Cécile Accilien

in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034614
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039053 | DOI:
Congratulations! You Don't Look Haitian

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This chapter is a personal testimony of Cécile Accilien, a traditional scholar, and the chapter gives a description of her diasporic identity. The description is built upon her act of defiance against the stereotypes associated with Haiti. Her experiences as a Haitian-American woman residing in the United States form a strong basis of this chapter. Cécile talks about being often congratulated for not looking like a Haitian migrant and at the same time she reflects upon the atrocities faced by Haitians even now. Talking about her journey from being a Haitian immigrant who moved to the U.S. because of opportunities offered to her as an activist working to fight research that claimed that AIDS was being carried to the U.S. via Haitian migrants, Cécile has surely come a long way.

Keywords: Cécile Accilien; diasporic identity; Haiti; stereotypes; Haitian-American; Haitian immigrant; U.S; AIDS

Chapter.  7797 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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