英语口语考试： The Big Mix 混合族裔
Todd: So CleAnn, you’re from Trinidad and Tobagoand you were saying that your country has a verydiverse multicultural mix?
Todd: Can you talk about that?
CleAnn: Oh sure. Trinidad and Tobago mostly were made up of people from Africa (Africandescent) who came as slaves and Indians who came from India…mostly, I think we may alsohave some from parts of Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri
Lanka, but they came as indenturedlaborers closer to when slavery was being abolished. These two groups actually make up thetwo largest ethnic groups in Trinidad. However, there is a lot of mixing. It’s very difficult to findsomeone in
Trinidad and Tobago who is extremely, purely of one ethnic group becauseeveryone is sort of mixed. We have also a lot of whites or caucasians who are native to Trinidadand Tobago who speak exactly like me with my Caribbean accent and
many people who find itvery strange because they will walk around in Trinidad and think that they are tourists butrealize that they are actually native Trinidadians. And many also come from Europe to settle inTrinidad after retirement and have
their families here so this is how they came to stay here. Wehave a very large Chinese population and its growing because now the government isencouraging immigrants from China to come in to help us with our development, to build
ourcapital city so we have a lot of Chinese. We have a lot of Colombians, Venezuelans, peoplecoming from South and Central America migrating to Trinidad because Spanish is now beingpromoted as a second language for Trinidad so street
signs in our capital city are in English andSpanish. So with all of this mixing of different people it’s very, as I said, very difficult to find aperson who is of just one ethnic group and it’s reflected in our food, it’s reflected in the kind ofmusic we
listen to, sometimes in the way we dress. For me, for example, I’m mostly of Africandescent but my dad is mixed with people from South American ethnicity and Chinese. So, as Isaid, although I’m mostly African, everybody still has a little
bit of something in them.