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“Jamaicans living abroad have never forgotten their roots as is manifested in the numerous charitable initiatives undertaken each year, the consistent promotion of Jamaica in every sphere of activity, the increase flow of remittances and contribution to nation building and the overwhelming support given by Jamaicans to Jamaica’s teams wherever they perform abroad. No one can read this book and not realize the inspiration it carries as it defines the attitude and the strength of the Jamaican people. We are grateful to Dr. Bryan for this well-documented study.” The Most Honorable Sir Howard Cooke, ON, GCMG, GCVO, CD Governor General of Jamaica (1991-2006) “In the main the immigrants from Jamaica, while yearning to fulfill their hopes for a better life through gainful employment and the honing of their skills, seek to preserve and promote their cultural identity. They often maintain a nostalgic desire to eventually return home, but their decision will be based on the prospects for jobs, adequate remuneration, acceptable working conditions and a feeling of personal security.” Bryan’s treatise offers a discerning insight of the Diaspora and compelling personal stories of the journey travelled by Jamaicans in the United States. The story he tells is vital to a fuller understanding of our history. It is informative, interesting and thought-provoking. The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, ON, OCC, PC, QC Prime Minister of Jamaica 1992-2006

 

About the Author

Basil K. Bryan

Ambassador Dr. Basil K. Bryan was Jamaica’s Consul General to New York (1998-2007) and Deputy Chief of Mission (Deputy Ambassador) in the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. (1991-1998). A Diplomat and academic, Dr. Bryan is highly regarded for his work in the Jamaican Diaspora. He has received numerous awards from organizations throughout the United States, as well as from the United States Congress, and is the recipient of the “Marcus Garvey Bridge Builder Award” for his role in forging relationships between the Jamaican/Caribbean communities and the United States. He is the recipient of Jamaica’s Order of Distinction. He served on the faculty of Howard University and holds a Ph.D. degree in African Studies, Economic Development and International Relations.