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Lyrical, but without holding too much to sentimentality, this thesis investigates the Jamaican immigrant experience in America. The linked and expansive essays interrogate why a young woman with everything necessary to do well in Jamaica—class, education, a family legacy—would give it all up to move to America. And why she would return 20 years later when much of what she associates about herself is American-made. Brown juxtaposes the death of her parents, George Floyd, and the death of her American Dream. This series of intertwined narrative arcs suggests some redemption of the American Dream while reminding us that there is no place like home. Brown looks at how her need for belonging drove her pursuit of the American Dream only to realize she had it in Jamaica all along.
immigration; mobility; repatriation
Arts and Humanities | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Social and Cultural Anthropology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brinsko, Soni, "Leaving Babylon: A Memoir of Repatriation" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4370.
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