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Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean$
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Philippe Zacaïr

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034614

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034614.001.0001

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Congratulations! You Don't Look Haitian

Congratulations! You Don't Look Haitian

How and When Does One Look Haitian?

(p.153) 8 Congratulations! You Don't Look Haitian
Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean

Cécile Accilien

University Press of Florida

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

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