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New book seeks to traverse the Caymanian/expatriate divide

A new book takes a look at the expat/Caymanian divide, and asks the question: In today’s day and age, what does it mean to be Caymanian?

UCCI assistant professor Christopher Williams said he was inspired to write the book in part by his own experience.

Born in Jamaica, and raised from the age of two on Cayman Brac, Mr. Williams says he identifies as Caymanian, and is in fact legally Caymanian.

But he said in some corners of society, due to his shallow roots, she falls short of others definitions of what it means to be Caymanian.

“We live in a modern age and we need to realize what it meant to be Caymanian back then doesn’t apply today because we are in a completely new dispensation, this is a modern world. So of course, this question is very charged, so who or what is a Caymanian, it becomes highly contested,” said Mr. Williams

Mr. Williams said the book explores the topic of fragmentation in our society between new Caymanians, old Caymanians, genetic Caymanians and paper Caymanians… With an eye to finding alternatives to the us-versus-them mentality.

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Joe Avary

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