A Small Place By Jamaica Kincaid

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A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid analyzes the ugliness of tourism through the effects of colonialism. The book is a punch in the gut for every tourist, westerner, and individuals who are the product of colonialism. Most western education does not teach the full context of colonialism. The extension of students’ knowledge is the Berlin conference of 1884, which divided African territory between Europeans and US leaders without the inclusion of Africans. The education in the West does not delve into the impact of the conference after colonialism. There is never a mention about the lack of identity throughout the region, the lackluster of education, or the social and government corruption. Textbooks tend to have a brief chapter titled…show more content…
Impoverished neighborhoods suffer from low access to electricity, water, and gas for multiple days in a row. However from a naked tourist eyes, Egypt is the land of pharaohs with beautiful landscapes and an exotic culture. I thought this book was interesting because it gave a bold and honest view of tourism. As much as everyone has been guilty of being a ‘tourist,’ tourism has a strong effect on culture. In A Small Place, Kincaid constantly refers to the broken library sign, which reads ““THIS BUILDING WAS DAMAGED IN THE EARTHQUAKE OF 1974. REPAIRS ARE PENDING.” The library sign is a symbol of Antigua’s damaged culture. The earthquake evoked the move from colonial to self-rule, which disrupted the culture that the building was meant to serve. The sign is used as a symbol of how Antiguans are trapped in their colonial past and are still enduring the impacts of their colonizers. For example, hotel training school is offered to teach Antiguans how to essentially be a good ‘servant.’ This idea relates back to tourism. As Kincaid eludes most of the tourists who vacation in Antigua are white or from Western backgrounds. To develop a hotel training school in a post-colonized country, it would assume that it is culturally acceptable to serve white individuals as a ‘job.’ Sadly, that is the reality in many African countries such as Uganda where tourism is developed to be an extra and a unique experience. I have attached a photo of porters at Uganda’s Bwindi
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