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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

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

Kimberly Eison Simmons

University Press of Florida

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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