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“And that is not how Jamaica is”: Cultural Creolization, Optimism, and National Identity in Kerry Young's Pao

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Dennis M. Hogan

Brown University
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Kerry Young's recent novel Pao dramatizes a Chinese Jamaican experience against the backdrop of 20th-century Jamaican history. My article considers the novel, and especially its protagonist, Yang Pao, alongside theories and critiques of creolization and creole nationalism in Jamaica. I argue that, while Pao's own political beliefs perpetuate the ideal of a creole Jamaica in which different cultural groups can peacefully coexist, Young complicates this point of view, relying on the novel's women characters to represent a darker side of the postcolonial experience that specifically touches the black Jamaican majority.

How to Cite: Hogan, D. M.. ““and That Is Not How Jamaica Is”: Cultural Creolization, Optimism, and National Identity in Kerry Young's pao”. Anthurium, vol. 12, no. 1, 2015, p. 7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33596/anth.282
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Published on 11 May 2015.
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