Dating people from different cultures
In 1872, Kingston, with a quarter of the population, became the capital. The population is 90 percent black, 1 percent East Indian, and 7 percent mixed, with a few whites and Chinese.The black demographic category includes the descendants of African slaves, postslavery indentured laborers, and people of mixed ancestry.After independence, there was conflict between plantation and industrial economic interests and those of small, peasant cultivators and landless laborers.In the 1920s, rural, landless unemployed persons moved into the Kingston-Saint Andrew area in search of work.Traces of pre-Columbian can be seen in the use of palm fronds thatch and mud walls (daub).Styles, materials, size, and furnishings differ more by class than by ethnicity.
As soon as the Chinese finished their indentured contracts, they established small businesses.
This meal may consist of stewed or roasted beef, boiled yam or plantains, rice and peas, or rice with escoviched or fried fish. It also is served with curried goat meat as the main food at parties, dances, weddings, and funerals.
Sacrificially slaughtered animals and birds are eaten in a ritual context.
The achievement of black majority rule has led to an emphasis on class relations, shades of skin color, and cultural prejudices, rather than on racial divisions.
Jamaica has never experienced entrenched ethnic conflict between blacks and Indians or Chinese.
Identity also is defined by a religious tradition in which there is minimal separation between the sacred and the secular, manipulable spiritual forces (as in obeah ), and ritual dance and drumming; an equalitarian spirit; an emphasis on self-reliance; and a drive to succeed economically that has perpetuated Eurocentric cultural ideals. The indigenous Taino natives of the region, also referred to as Arawaks, have left evidence of material and ideational cultural influence.