Kerry Young's recent novel Pao dramatizes a Chinese Jamaican experience against the backdrop of 20th-century Jamaican history. My article considers the novel, and especially its protagonist, Yang Pao, alongside theories and critiques of creolization and creole nationalism in Jamaica. I argue that, while Pao's own political beliefs perpetuate the ideal of a creole Jamaica in which different cultural groups can peacefully coexist, Young complicates this point of view, relying on the novel's women characters to represent a darker side of the postcolonial experience that specifically touches the black Jamaican majority.
Hogan, Dennis M.
"“And that is not how Jamaica is”: Cultural Creolization, Optimism, and National Identity in Kerry Young's Pao,"
Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/anthurium/vol12/iss1/7