Welcome to the City College of New York Spring 2012 website. In this class we focused on Caribbean migration to New York City, specifically of West Indians and Haitians. We explored theories of transnationalism, mobility and diaspora to look at how multidirectional flows and effects of Caribbean people, culture, goods, and ideas are intensified through contemporary communication and transportation technologies. Through readings, lectures, class discussions and a tour of Flatbush, Brooklyn we examined the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender on migrants’ identities and experiences in the U.S. and the Caribbean.
Walking Tour in Flatbush, Brooklyn – February 25th 2012
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We learned about various transnational strategies migrants create and sustain to promote economic livelihoods and political participation in both the U.S. and the Caribbean. Course readings included multidisciplinary approaches to these issues, drawing on anthropology, sociology, geography, history, and literature. We undertook two research projects. The first involved looking at online news media that caters to Caribbean migrants in the diaspora. In the second project, students undertook independent research on topics relating to Caribbean migration and the way Caribbean people shape and are impacted by life in New York City, which drew on academic and online sources and, in some cases, fieldwork. Groups were then created based on relationship of one topic to another to create this website. On this website you can find out more about our group and individual topics. We hope you enjoy learning about West Indians in New York City!