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New Book: English Speaking Caribbean Immigrants: Transnational Identities – by Lear Matthews

New Book: English Speaking Caribbean Immigrants: Transnational Identities – by Lear Matthews

learThis book explores the lived experiences of Guyanese and other English-Speaking Caribbean immigrants and the institutions through which they bridge nations-states, while maintaining a transnational lifestyle. The publication is particularly timely in light of the Diaspora’s resurgence of interest in developments in Guyana and the attempt at national unity following the recent elections.

This book highlights important but insufficiently documented dimensions of the experience of English-speaking Caribbean immigrants in the United States. It focuses on successes and challenges of what might be perceived as “living in two worlds.” The central theme, post-migration transnational connections, is informed by new research on the topic.   Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Asso. New York- April 2015 On-Line Magazine

 Guyana Cultural Asso. New York- April 2015 On-Line Magazine

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR  – Lear Matthews – April Editor.

Greetings! Wah happenin dey?…..We are grateful for the continued support of our patrons and delighted to welcome new readers, as the long anticipated spring blooms fresh daffodils, tulips and water lilies in both our adopted home and our dear land of rivers, streams, savannahs and majestic mountains. A country as rich in tradition as its natural resources, yearning for transformation that would unleash its real potential, and to which many in the Diaspora will truly call “home” again.

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The Diaspora Reconsidered: A Guyanese Perspective – By Lear Matthews

The Diaspora Reconsidered: A Guyanese Perspective

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Reacting to this writer’s views about the need to strengthen Caribbean Diaspora Associations, an esteemed commentator advanced the notion that “We should not bank too heavily on an unending outreach to the land of our birth. The Diaspora is a slow diminution”. (H. Williams, Guyanese-On-Line 9/14).

However, contrary to that dismal prognosis, I argue that the Caribbean Diaspora is unlikely to diminish, rather it will expand. It is not a time-phased, amorphous process that faces extinction, but will increase exponentially with continuous immigration flows.  The term Diaspora describes the dispersion of a defined group of people of similar ethnicity, nationality or cultural background. They tend to strive for a common identity, group consciousness and often collaborate on causes of interest to themselves and those they believe they represent. Contemporary social analysts have asserted that Diasporas have a significant function of sustaining strong social, economic, cultural, political and emotional bonds to their country of origin. Continue reading

A Clarion Call for Continuity among Diaspora Associations – Lear Matthews


By Lear Matthews

Despite the surge in popularity of Caribbean Diaspora Associations and the reminiscent jollification they entertain at fund raising events/reunions, there appears to be a serious problem of recruiting new members. This situation, which warrants a timely assessment, has emerged with regards to rank and file membership, as well as leadership/executive positions.

This writer and other former and current members of one such organization have lamented over this issue. Particular difficulty is encountered in efforts to increase financial membership, and engaging more recent immigrants/graduates. The problem has become endemic to various non-profit transnational organizations.  Such an observation led to research on the topic, within the context of the unprecedented increase of HTAs – Hometown Associations (e.g. High School Alumni, village, cultural, professional, charity, religious, political groups) among Guyanese immigrants in North America. Continue reading

Book: English-Speaking Caribbean Immigrants – by Lear Matthews

Announcing the publication of a new book entitled:


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Published by University Press of America (Rowman & Littlefield).  

ISBN: 978-0-7618-6202-4.  On Amazon. < click link to look inside the book and order from amazon.com

This book highlights a range of issues relating to the transnational experiences and identity of English Speaking Caribbean Immigrants in the United States, with implications for immigrants in general. Few students of international migration envisioned the changes in migration trends, policies and events that have shaped the immigration process at the onset of the 21st Century. Continue reading

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My visit to Cape Town, South Africa – by Lear Matthews

In Memory of Mandela: Impressions of my visit to Cape Town,

South Africa

by   Lear Matthews

Rejoice in the dawn of Pan African light.
Mandela! Mandela! Weep not for Nelson
But sing a thousand hosannas for Madiba
Our sacred Liberator (J.G.Morris)

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I recently visited Cape Town as part of a team project focusing on adult higher education within the context of local and global struggles for equity and social justice, principles espoused by Nelson Mandela.  Following are impressions of this maiden sojourn, the highlight of which was a visit to Robben Island, the notoriously infamous island-prison where Mandela spent more than 17 years.  Continue reading

The Learning environment and Disapora challenges – By Lear Matthews


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As our children and grandchildren return to school or begin their formal educational journey, we look forward to another year of significant learning, positive socialization and skills acquisition in preparation for a career and other desirable outcomes. The memories and educational values inculcated in the “good ol’ days” keep us grounded, but the need to adapt to contemporary institutions with constantly changing technology and curricula is inevitable. This new experience varies from anticipated success to frustration in negotiating the system.

One social commentator warns that in the midst of social transition, “education is not a desired goal for many segments of the population, easy money is”. Such an assertion is extremely worrisome. This article highlights the intersecting of learning environment and Diaspora challenges, expressing thoughts based on research findings and observations on the topic, and proposes possible solutions. Continue reading

Tribute to Past Guyanese Teachers (cont’d) – By Lear Matthews

Back to School: Continuing the Tribute to Past Guyanese Teachers

By: Lear Matthews

History is not was, but reflected in what is (Anonymous)

My introduction to formal education at Susamachar’s, a kindergarten church school at  the corner of South Road and Light Street, Georgetown included writing with a slate pencil, repeatedly “rubbing out”  mistakes, sometimes with spit on my finger tips, mostly due to lack of confidence.  My brother attended Teacher Georgie School on Princess Street. I then went on to Primary School, where I was introduced to the lead pencil and eraser, exercise book, big cursive (“join-up”) writing and the “wild cane.”  Discipline re-enforced.  By Third Standard I was using a fountain pen with a fine-tip “nib”, and doing plenty sums, although my penmanship left much to be desired.    Continue reading

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