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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic$
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Kimberly Eison Simmons

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036755

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036755.001.0001

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The Dominican Diaspora

The Dominican Diaspora

Blackening and Whitening and Mixture across Borders

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(p.61) 3 The Dominican Diaspora
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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic
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Kimberly Eison Simmons

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036755.003.0004

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

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