The series titled Trini’s Livin’ In Xisle is meant 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.
Sando: A Trini Livin’ In Xisle
Natalie, aka Sando, is originally from south Trinidad and is of British and Trinidadian ancestry. She’s currently the Chair of the World Languages Department at a prestigious all-girls Catholic high school. Additionally, she’s fluent in French, including conversational proficiency in Spanish.
Here is her brief profile:
Migrated from Trinidad: 18
Earliest memory of Trinidad: Donning up as Wonder Woman and jumping off ledges and steps beneath our residence…believing I was a real superhero! 🦸♀️
Misses most about Trinidad: Seeing complete strangers walk in a room and welcome everyone with a, “Good morning/ Good day,” etc. and everyone acknowledges! 😮
What are you most afraid of right now: Not being able to assist my mom in Trinidad.
The happiest moment of your Life: Hopefully, that’s yet to come.
The saddest moment of your life: When my dad died in San Fernando hospital.
Who is the most influential person in your life: Probably my parents. 🤔
Do you plan on returning to Trinidad to live and why: I suspect not. The inadequacy of services, absence of health care, availability of products and conveniences I have become used to; the lack of jobs, the crime situation.