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ERIC Number: EJ931614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8055
Diasporic Lakou: A Haitian Academic Explores Her Path to Haiti Pre- and Post-Earthquake
Desir, Charlene
Harvard Educational Review, v81 n2 p278-296 Sum 2011
In this essay, Charlene Desir reflects on her role as an academic from the Haitian diaspora and her journey to reconnect to her Haitian roots after the 2010 earthquake. Desir begins by exploring her family background and the centrality of "lakou"--a sacred family space in which to connect to her ancestors and cultural ways of knowing. By centering the conversation on community and reciprocity, she considers the roles and responsibilities of academics in the diaspora to give back to their communities. This essay tells the story of her experiences in Saint-Raphael, Haiti, developing the Lakou Soley Academic Enrichment and Cultural Arts Center. In examining her own role in her community--or "lakou"--Desir underscores the importance of using Haitian epistemology in the process of rebuilding Haiti. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Haiti