FROM WHENCE WE CAME
This work in progress is the third chapter in a trilogy exploring the intergenerational psychological effects of migration experienced by those who travelled between Jamaica and the UK - and their descendants who would follow. The question of identity is intrinsically linked to notions of belonging, and in this light, having a fixed, clear perception of ‘home’ is fundamental to one’s mental health and well-being.
But what about members of diasporic communities caught between two homes and who search for a sense of belonging and connection to both?
My parents lived most of their lives outside of Jamaica, in England.
After leaving in their youth, they would never return. Never walk the streets that still shaped their memories of home.
They would never see family members again.
Yet, they would always be Jamaican even when the country they claimed belonging to no longer existed.
This ongoing work, as the 3rd and final chapter in my series, seeks to explore not only how the past shapes our identities in the present but also what awaits us all at the end of our migrant journey through life.
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