When we think of the main ethnic group that influences Jamaican culture, Africa comes to mind. While this isn’t far removed from the truth, it isn’t the whole truth. Believe me, when Jamaica says Out of Many – One People, boy do we mean it!
Jamaican culture is also strongly influenced by the English, the Irish, South Asians, East Asians, and the Spanish. This is primarily due to our historical ties to these countries, and how their language, dress, and cuisine have created the melting pot of Jamaican culture today.
In Jamaica, whether you’re Black, Asian, or White, we share ONE unified culture. This is in stark contrast to America, where cultural segregation is still “a thing” – perhaps with good reason. In any case, let’s take a look at the six ethnic groups that make up Jamaican culture in 2017.
Race & Ethnicity