In June, we are beginning a new series titled Trini’s Livin’ In Xisle to highlight the narratives, experiences and achievements of Trinidadians and Tobagonians residing overseas. The purpose of this series is to showcase these Trinbagonians and share their enunciated stories with the world!
Trinidad Immigrants (Trini’s In Xisle)
In 2017, it is estimated 235,000 persons migrated from Trinidad and Tobago to the United States, with the majority of these new Trini’s Livin’ In Xisle were “likely to be employed in management, business, science, and arts occupations (37 percent). For many Trinidadians leaving the island is a conundrum because it affords an opportunity for individual progression but at times at a personal sacrifice. Having to assimilate into a new culture is never easy especially a new culture where your racial identity is paramount to how you are perceived by the larger community.
Dougla, dogla, doogla, douglah (n) is used in Trinidad to describe a person of mixed Indian and African descent. This term sometimes has a very negative association especially in implying that “good” Indian features are being “brought down” by a combination of Negro features. Dougla is derived from the Hindi word dogala meaning ‘hybrid; mixture; a person of mixed descent’.
Dougla A Trini Livin’ In Xisle
Justin Hazarie Dougla (Trini nickname)/ Trinidad (American nickname). Justin came to America on June 19th 2015. Married in 2010 to Kim Hazarie formerly “Kim Morris” also from Trinidad, she moved to the USA in February 2008. Father of two sons -Jesse & Josh. My goal is to mould by sons into positive, progressive thinking men and contributing members of society. His Instagram profile is @justsohaz. Here is his brief profile:
- Name: Justin Dougla Hazarie
- Migrated from Trinidad: 33 years old.
- Earliest memory of Trinidad: Playing with my cousins at my grandparent’s home.
- Misses most about Trinidad: Fruits, Family, Friends.
- What are you most afraid of right now: Public Speaking.
- The happiest moment of your Life: Birth of my children.
- The saddest moment of your life: The fact that I worry.
- Who is the most influential person in your life: Old wise people.
- Do you plan on returning to Trinidad to live and why: Yes, I have some unfinished business/goals.
How to Enter?
Do you want to be featured in the Trini’s Livin’ In X-isle series? Participation only requires five (5) minutes of your time to complete the 10-question survey @ http://bit.ly/Trinis-In-X-Isle. Each week I will feature one Trini’s Livin’ In X-isle submission on TriniInXisle.
In conclusion, if you are interested in participating or know of other Trinidadians living abroad; share the survey http://bit.ly/Trinis-In-X-Isle link. You can subscribe to this blog to see future Trini’s Livin’ In X-isle stories.