Trinidad Immigrants (Trini’s In Xisle)
According to the United Kingdom Office for National Statistics, approximately 12,000 Trinbagonians migrated to the UK between 1975 and 2000.
Dr Rampersad: A Trini Livin’ In Xisle
For more about Dr Rampersad, you can find her on Twitter @lsrampersad.
Here is her brief profile:
- Name: Dr Lisa Rampersad
- Migrated from Trinidad: 24
- Earliest memory of Trinidad: Sitting with my siblings (4 of us at the time) and my mom in a circle in the kitchen. She had a bowl of pelau that she marked into 4 portions and was feeding us all in a row. I remember chewing hurriedly in anticipation of the next spoonful. She was (and still is) a working mother and had to make sure all of us were well fed and came up with this surefire way to feed us all and reduce mess!
- Misses most about Trinidad: The food. The internet connects us well – I can call up anyone I want to talk to at any time, so while I do miss my family and friends I can catch up. But what the internet fails to do is bring me a freshly made doubles and ah solo apple J, or Richard’s bake & shark, or even sugar cake and toolum (plus all the Divali/Eid/Christmas food)… definitely the food
- What are you most afraid of right now: The state of the world and rising overt racism. I know, this is a weird answer, but I work in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and while I haven’t had any abuse, I’ve heard it directed at colleagues. The current political climate encourages it (racism) and I am so afraid for the future. I used to love talking to people about my Country as a racially diverse place where we don’t care what you are, but Trini social media seems to be proving me wrong.
- The happiest moment of your Life: I can’t pick a happiest moment but my most content moment was in 2012 sitting with my Partner at Kaieteur Falls and watching the falls at sunrise. The thousands of birds that live behind the falls flying out into the new day as the sun peaked over the rainforest was one of the most blissful moments in memory.
- The saddest moment of your life: Losing a very good friend.
- Who is the most influential person in your life: My mother – This woman is amazing. Raised 6 children and built her business from scratch (with my father).
- Do you plan on returning to Trinidad to live and why: Right now, I have no long term plans to live anywhere. I would love to have a place in Trini – as, in my own house, my parents’ house is always home no matter how long I’m gone. I haven’t finished exploring the world yet but, I eat plenty cascadura so, you know what the folklore says.