ONE WORLD LECTURE: “HOW DID WEST INDIANS BECOME THE LARGEST FOREIGN-BORN POPULATION IN CONNECTICUT?”
SUMMARY: West Indians have surpassed all other ethnic groups to become the largest population of foreign-born immigrants in Connecticut. This astonishing demographic trend in such as small state was eight decades in the making. Liberalization of immigration policies, which permitted family reunification between the 1960s and 1980s, brought thousands more Caribbean men, women, and children to American shores. But why Connecticut? This lecture explores how and why West Indians moved to Connecticut, and perhaps more importantly, why they stayed. This story provides a different angle on some of the debates raging in American public discourse on immigration and globalization: chain migration, guest workers program, illegal migration, and deportation. It also offers a look at more private community debates about assimilation, language, memory, and the struggle to stake their claims as Americans without relinquishing their cultural heritage.
The event will be held at the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, CT. For more details: https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/one-world-lecture-series-prof-fiona-vernal-nwl