“And that is not how Jamaica is”: Cultural Creolization, Optimism, and National Identity in Kerry Young's Pao
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
11 May 2015.