Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle
by Gina Athena Ulysse foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley
After the catastrophic Haitian earthquake of July 12, 2010, mainstream news coverage reproduced and upheld long-standing stereotypes and narratives of Haiti and Haitians. In response to these archaic representations, Haitian-American anthropologist Gina Athena Ulysse embarked on a writing spree that lasted over two years and culminated in the dozens of published pieces that comprise this book.
Cognizant that the Haiti of the public sphere is a rhetorically and graphically incarcerated Haiti, Ulysse meditates on the symbolic to decipher these representations of her homeland. Armed with an ethnographic lens, she delivers a critical analysis of culture, geopolitics, and daily life in Haiti in a series of dispatches, op-eds, and articles on post-quake Haiti. Her complex yet singular aim is to explicate how the nation and its subjects continue to negotiate sovereignty and existence in a world where, according to a Haitian saying, Tout moun se moun, men tout moun pa menm (All people are human, but all humans are not the same).