Rubrique Mon Pays que J’aime, Mon Pays que Voici

Rubrique Mon Pays que J’aime, Mon Pays que Voici

Mireille Sylvain-David—–October 2014

Summary of a Sociological Study on the Haitians Living in the Miami Diaspora

and the Haitian in the Homeland.

From a sociological perspective, a community study of the behaviors of the Haitian

Diaspora in Miami versus the attitude of the Haitians living in Haiti was conducted

by Mireille Sylvain–David to find a link between the two groups and to underline

the contrast between them.

I Haitians in Miami

Not surprisingly, it was discovered that the Haitians in Miami have a very strong

cultural attach and a deep consciousness about the welfare of Haiti. In so far as it

could help, the culture served as a dynamic stimulus that very often kept the

community together in Miami. It was also noticed that Haitians in Miami are

focusing on being accepted in America. Since 1987, despites immigration problems,

language barriers, color prejudice and educational bias, many families have strived

to enter the American work force. Their children are now young professionals

scattered everywhere in the United States. This survival is certainly not just a fight

for the bare necessity, it is a historical miracle. Their cultural beliefs, religions,

traditions and norms have given them the incentive and the strength to start over in

a foreign country at a time when their country of origin could not and cannot

respond to their needs because of bad governance and lack of production for many

decades.

  1. Many Haitians in Miami are angry because of the poverty and the lack of

leadership in Haiti. They feel that they have the right to voice their opinions,

especially when a great part of the Haitian economy leans on their shoulders

in particular, and on the shoulders of the Haitian Diaspora, in general.

  1. Some Haitians in Miami suffering of nostalgia or urge to show their

countrymen in Haiti the fruits of their hard work in America traveled very

often to Haiti.

  1. According to certain people, there is a group of Haitians from Miami who

have the tendency to show off their newly learned skills and sturdy incomes.

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They have often criticized the way of life of their friends in Haiti. Because of

this attitude, they have been labeled arrogant and even seen as bluffers by

many people in Haiti.

  1. Because repression and exploitation are almost overcome in Miami, Haitians

were able to seek for office and enter the political arena of Dade County.

Some of them have succeeded but there still is a long way to go and a lot to

learn about political ethnical power and group predominance in Miami which

is mostly dominated by the Cubans since the 60’s.

  1. On one hand, while some Haitians in Miami are fighting to be part of the

Miami political and social arena, they have in the midst of that survival never

been disconnected with Haiti. They have organized Haitian radio stations,

radio programs and television programs; they have formed cultural

organizations to keep their identity and their culture alive; they have opened

restaurants to promote Haitian food; they have literary and artistic productions

as the daily reminder of their interest for their motherland and their interaction

with their brothers.

  1. On the other hand, some Haitians in Miami feel completely at home in the

modernity of that city even though Miami has some negative aspects of a

southern town of the United States of America.

II Haitians in Haiti

Some Haitians in Haiti are showing a hate-love feeling for the Diaspora members,

even though they intensely need the assistance of the Haitian Diaspora in Miami or

elsewhere.

  1. They pejoratively called the Haitian living aboard ‘DIASPO’: which means

outsiders, newly rich, rice and chicken eaters etc. Haitians in Haiti seemed to

play a trivial game that could easily be entitled: The Flying Money of the

Diaspora and the Graspers in the Motherland.

  1. Some Haitians living in Haiti even accused the Haitian Diaspora especially

the Miami Diaspora to cause disturbance in Haiti by voicing their opinions

from overseas.

  1. Instead of animating the dynamism to strengthen comprehension and share

skills to rebuild and think, some Haitians in Haiti are encouraging conflicts

between insiders and outsiders

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  1. The leaders are not seriously addressing the issues to find a middle way to

reunite the two groups to do something sustainable like the Dominican

Republic, Israel and South Korea have done for their countries. A “Let’s get

Together” game could have been more productive to Haiti.

III Conclusion

In the midst of globalization, the world sees Haiti as a failed state, but the most

important part is how we, Haitians see ourselves? Like in a puzzle, we could have

together learned to find the pieces and the tools that give a grasp to development.

Some members of the older political generations have left the country on a torn

carpet that needs to be restored or redone. We need to send to recycling the old

coats that we have been bearing for more than two centuries to “faire peau neuve.”

Haiti needs the Diaspora, and no Haitian Government can ignore the Diaspora. The

government has to notify the people that the Diaspora is ready to play a role in the

reconstruction of Haiti. The Government needs to trace a crossing path to develop

an engaging communicative approach between the two groups to create a dialogue.

There are valuable and knowledgeable people in Haiti who are like the Haitians in

the Diaspora willing to start the team work and create groups focused on nearly any

topic relevant to the welfare of the country. Bringing like-minded people together

is fundamental to education and development. This will give the two groups the

opportunity to share their expertise with one another. Together, they can give life

to each project that they plan to do. The people in Haiti know the crucial needs of

the masses while the people in the different Diasporas can offer the source

materials. The reality is that we, Haitians, are living everywhere in the globe but the

feeling of strong attraction and commitment to the country cannot be denied and our

love for Haiti is real no matter where we live on the planet.

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