Wyclef Jean's Immigrant Story

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Wyclef Jean recounts his path from his impoverished childhood in Haiti to the projects of Brooklyn to Newark to the stage. In Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, he writes of his upbringing and family, his time in the Fugees and his solo career, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and his efforts to help rebuild his homeland, including the controversy surrounding Yéle, his aid organization, and his exploratory bid for president of Haiti.


Wyclef Jean

Comments [2]


JGarbus - How about the Iroquois Federation?

Jan. 01 2013 02:25 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Voo-doo I believe is the remnant of the original African religions and cultures. I think the main reason why Haiti, which was the first black country to fight and get its own independence in 1803, nevertheless became and remains a failed state. My theory is that when Africans taken from their native tribes are mixed together for centuries as slaves, and then have to start a new country far from Africa, it tends to fail because the people are actually from very diverse tribes back in Africa. They don't have the core impetus of being from a single tribe. You would not expect the Apaches and Comanches and Sioux, etc. to band together to become one single successful nation either.
The few countries that successfully resisted European colonialism were those with a strong central, homogeneous tribal core, such as the Japanese.
The reason why so many AFrican states do so poorly is because most too were made up of different tribes thrown together within borders drawn by the European powers. A successful state starts with a strong, homogeneous tribal core. There are some exceptions like Switzerland, but they are few and far in between.

Jan. 01 2013 12:26 PM

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