The Dominican Diaspora

Kimberly Eison Simmons

in Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036755
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041858 | DOI:
The Dominican Diaspora

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This chapter explores the Dominican experience in the United States, where the Dominican racial system is called into question. Mixture is still preferred as a way of talking about Dominicans and race, but there has been a shift from indio to mulato, informed by particular American experience. Emerging from this experience is the idea of “here” (Dominican Republic) and “there” (United States) and the formation of a Dominican diaspora.

Keywords: blackening; whitening; Dominican diaspora; indio; mixture; mulato; racial system; United States

Chapter.  10796 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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