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Dominicanidad / Dominicanity

Perspectivas de un concepto (trans-)nacional / Perspectives on a (trans-)national concept

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Edited By Christine Felbeck and Andre Klump

Con unos 20 artículos de investigadores/-as de Europa, de los Estados Unidos y de la República Dominicana, la presente obra interdisciplinaria e internacional ofrece un panorama actual de la investigación sobre la dominicanidad como concepto (trans-)nacional en sus contextos mundiales, insulares y nacionales. Los estudios son fruto en gran parte de un congreso organizado por el America Romana Centrum (ARC) de la Universidad de Trier en el año 2014.

With about 20 articles from researchers from Europe, the United States and the Dominican Republic, this interdisciplinary and international volume offers a current panorama of the research on dominicanity as a (trans-)national concept in global, insular and national contexts. The studies are largely a result of a congress organized by the America Romana Centrum (ARC) of the University of Trier in 2014.

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Sabor Quisqueyano in the Dutch Caribbean – Homemaking of Dominican immigrants in Curaçao (Sabrina Dinmohamed)

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Sabrina Dinmohamed (Rotterdam)

Sabor Quisqueyano in the Dutch Caribbean – Homemaking of Dominican immigrants in Curaçao

It is Sunday night. I’m driving on the Rooseveltweg, a major auto route in Willemstad, Curaçao. In the distance, I hear bachata sounds. They seem to be coming from a carwash. I see the connection between washing cars and music, but this sounds like a party! I stop, and when I enter the carwash, I can easily imagine that I’m in the Dominican Republic. There’s a music band, cars that have just been washed, bachata music, Presidente beer, couples dancing: a typical Dominican scene. It is here that I met and spoke with Maria. Maria is a 40-year-old Dominican woman who has been living in Curaçao. When she was 20 years of age, she decided to leave her city La Romana in search of better living conditions and progress. One of her female friends had migrated to Curaçao and told her about the opportunities to earn money there. She decided to give it a try and left her two-year-old son with her parents. After several temporary jobs, she took a position as a servant in the house of a well-known prosperous family in Curaçao. She sends half of the money she earns to her parents and son in the Dominican Republic. The rest of her salary pays her rent, buys her groceries, and allows her to go out on the weekends. Maria...

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