She also shows me a culture I knew far too little about -- the everyday life of young people in Jamaica and the threat of violence looming over anyone who might be too independent or queer or outrageous. And when Staceyann eventually runs into her brother again he is distant and acts as if he really doesn't want to know her. Staceyann's mother does not want her to see him and says that if he knows where she is then he will steal her away. No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica on Christmas Day. No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. I'm thankful that Chin allowed us readers into such an intimate space, reliving painful mem This memoir was beautifully written. I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan.
A remarkable young woman emerges, whose gift for poetry has been forged by poverty, religiosity, and a circle of adults who found the child in their care. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity.
One thing as a reader that I was puzzled over was that when Staceyann meets the man that she believes is her father, why he and her mother had such a bad falling out. What I discovered was a child I did know. Chin does a wondrous job of providing the reader with the images and emotions of a child of mixed heritage growing up in Jamaica and the vi For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. Instead of pandering, Chin gives us relief when we need it with organic episodes that say even when life is ugly we find some joy. The book is an emotional walk through the life of one of America's greatest poets and beautiful minds.
As someone who hasn't read non-fiction in ages, I ended up being incredibly moved. I can believe that the overall narrative is true, though. I was a little perturbed that there are so few positive representations of men and that my families home of Jamaica had a negative light shed on it but Hey. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even feel part of the preceding chapters. It did make it hard to figure out what people were saying at times, but I managed to figure it out after a while and then I didn't notice it. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. But, Staceyann finds out that her mother takes calls from her brother Delano sometimes, but has done nothing at all to stay in touch with her.
Staceyann seems to still have a belief in her mother which does not seem warranted at all. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. When I searched what the cover looked like, it was pink, and there was a picture of a little girl on it, it made me second-guess my decision to borrow it. Staceyann's vulnerable and open when telling her this aspect of her life. So when I later came across her book again in digital print I had to have it in this form as well. One of the most inspiring books I've ever read.
Seeing Staceyann shuffled from place to place and eventually just staying with a family she is not related to all of the while telling herself that she will do great things so that her father and mother will regret leaving her is heartbreaking. The Other Side of Paradise captures the evocative struggle of one strong but fragile flower. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. When the family has to move from their little home and in with Delano's uncle's family the family of three has a hard time settling in. A limited number of free copies of the book is available in advance at the center contact Kathleen at Kathleen bradburysullivancenter.
In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her partially-deaf, illiterate maternal grandmother. So much terrible shit happens to her, and so many people despise her for not shutting up. If you're Jamaican or really a West Indian from any of the other islands, you really should read this book. The issues with poverty and children who do not have a consistent or stable parental unit or family is something that as a county Jamaica struggles with every day. But you equally want to hang out with Staceyann, she's brill. She was so personal and awesome. How wonderful that this outrageous, talented, determined woman has given us her story.
One of my favourite books. It is an unflinching look at the other side of Paradise. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica. I also got the belief that maybe she took to being a homosexual because of the tribulations that occur in her childhood at the hands of men. This memoir was beautifully written. A strong sense of purpose and will is very clear in her writing.
Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. A half Jamaican and Chinese girl, she and her older half brother Delano are raised by their maternal grandmother. Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic performance artist, now brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a brave, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir about growing up in Jamaica. She calls it what it is and does what she can rid herself of it so she can get on with becoming the woman she wants to be. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book.