Haitian Creole: Mark of shame, or symbol of pride?

Haiti has a complicated relationship with its own official languages. On one hand, it has French: imposed by colonists, spoken by the educated elite, and the language of instruction in most Haitian schools. On the other hand, it has Kreyòl: born out of slavery, understood by every Haitian, but rarely printed or read. And they … More Haitian Creole: Mark of shame, or symbol of pride?

Why are you speaking that “kreyòl rek?”

There’s more than one way to speak kreyòl. But then, you knew that already, didn’t you? There’s more than one way to speak any language. Think of all the different ways people speak English — with accents, with local slang, with different levels of vocabulary. After hearing someone speak for the first time, you can … More Why are you speaking that “kreyòl rek?”

Haiti Through Literature: A Book Review

BOOK REVIEWS by Sylvia Elias, British Columbia, Canada I’ve come to believe that Haiti provokes passion like no other place on earth. To support this, I give you two stunning novels by highly diverse authors: Claire of the Sea Light, from the brilliant mind of the venerable Haitian-born writer Edwidge Danticat; and Hold Tight, Don’t … More Haiti Through Literature: A Book Review

Haiti’s History With Democracy : An Update on the Presidential Election

For those looking for a refresher, you can find our previous article on Haiti’s 2016 Presidential Election available here. With this post, we’re picking up with the most recent events, and then going back to Haiti’s foundations to explore the tumultuous path towards Haiti’s current democracy. Haiti Presidential Election Update: After Haiti’s Congress failed to … More Haiti’s History With Democracy : An Update on the Presidential Election

A new look at Haiti: When a Volunteer turns into a Visitor

I once had a professor tell me that Americans in particular are really good at getting a job done (referring specifically to projects overseas.) While a hard-work ethic can be a great thing, the single-mindedness of the “getting the job done” mentality can easily take over our experiences in Haiti (Which is exactly the point … More A new look at Haiti: When a Volunteer turns into a Visitor