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It is sad how the most negative patterns of racial injustice tend to repeat themselves. I’m referring to the case of the Haitians in the Dominican Republic and how their plight is echoing the same exact situation of the Panamanians of West Indian descent back in 1941.
After an unappealable decision by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic in September of this year, the future of particularly the Dominican born Haitian descendents is suddenly uncertain as they will become “stateless,” a status no better than slavery. Continue reading
If, by chance, you are going to find yourself in Panama City on the 13th through the 15th of November, you might want to stop by at the University (Universidad de Panamá) and the Hotel Panamá to become a part of what promises to be a rare and enjoyable cultural event. It will also be a refreshing change from all the hype and promotion about Panamá as a center for commerce. Continue reading
At the Book Nook in Colon. Left to right, Dr. Wong Vega, Prof. Rita Wong Lew, Lic. Winston Churchill James, and Prof. Roberto Reid Green.
Lately I have been undergoing a cultural revitalization which I, long ago, had lost sight of ever experiencing in Panama. Three events, all coming in the form of poetry readings focused on West Indian Panamanian poets, have re-established my faith in the power of culture to regenerate the best qualities in the human mind. Continue reading
Rapsodia Antillana: Selección Bilingüe de Poesía Afroantillana en Panamá.
“Rhapsody: epic poem or singer of epic poems. A literary work written in an exalted or impassioned style.” ……Webster’s dictionary
The heroic figure from Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, and his painful but triumphant return to Ithaca, his home, was my inspiration for the title of our blog, Rapsodia Antillana. Since we started the blog back in January of 2007, I have been somewhat enraptured with attempting to convey my passion and my joy in expressing the spirit of my people, the Panamanian West Indians and their story. Continue reading
When we hear the name Alfred Nobel we immediately associate it with the revered Peace Prize that is awarded every year in Stockholm to a number of deserving candidates in the arts or sciences who have earned the recognition through their hard work and professional achievements. Actually, since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature as well as for peace. What we don’t associate his name with is the explosive- and I mean this literally- history of the substance known as dynamite, which he improved and named and which made him an extremely wealthy individual. Continue reading