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New York.- Hundreds of thousands took to the New York streets Sunday to celebrate the annual Dominican National Parade on 6th Av. with music and color, as the national flag and Caribbean rhythms were at center stage of the festivity which also draws veteran politicos.

New York State governor Andrew Cuomo; the State senator Adriano Espaillat, NYC councilman Ydanis Rodríguez and City Council president Melissa Mark-Viverito were among the personalities at  the raucous event.

Merengue stars Ruby Pérez, Raúl Acosta and Henry Santos, chef   Jay Rodríguez and journalists Mary Joel Duran and Esperanza Ceballos also headlined the parade held from 32nd to 50 streets in Manhattan.

Of the some 1.5 million Dominicans living in the U.S., around half call New York State home.

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Written by: ohhhvictor, 11 Aug 2014 9:18 AM
From: United States

The biggest difference between Dominicans in USA and the rest of immigrants is that before living his country , Dominicans always think about coming back...

Always..
Written by: dreadlocks, 11 Aug 2014 9:50 AM
From: United States
and where is your data to prove that other immigrants do not have the same intent, which is to accumulate enough money to go back to their homelands, build a home, and live out their last days in the relative comfort of their home surroundings? are you serious? do you think Dominicans are different in their aspirations than people from Trinidad and the Philipines? where do you get these notions?

the second question is;

what percentage of Dominicans actually go back home, relative to the immigrants from other countries? when you have that data, maybe we can discuss this durther.
Written by: chillinout, 11 Aug 2014 10:14 AM
From: Dominican Republic
If you are a Dominican lucky enough to get free of this island you may want to consider not living in Washington Heights. You can do better elsewhere in America specially if you have skills and real education. Poverty is almost 50% and the median household incomes is about 50% less in the Heights.

Think of Santo Domingo with a winter and much higher rents.
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Written by: ohhhvictor, 11 Aug 2014 9:18 AM
From: United States

The biggest difference between Dominicans in USA and the rest of immigrants is that before living his country , Dominicans always think about coming back...

Always..
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Voctor, there are SOME Dominicans that after leaving the country want NOTHING to do with it.....especially if not close with their family.

In my lifetime I have known about 7 Dominicans that tell the 4 winds they wouldn't go back to the DR even if their lives depended on it.......and that's not even counting those that can't stop talking crap about the country to whomever will listen.
Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 11 Aug 2014 10:52 AM
From: United States
Dreadlocks Victor is picking at the fact that Haitians refuse to go back and invest in there own countryonce they migrate. It's one of the many relationship DR is better, and is the most popular tourist attraction and largest economy in the region. We go back and invest, and haitian descent are begging to be called Dominican. Nobody here cares about trinidad or Philippines cause this blog is based on Dominicans.

And MY second question is

If you are so aggravated by Dominican republic and it's people, why not join a trinidad or Philippine blog and go annoy them with your bias statistics.hop off our junk groupies...
Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 11 Aug 2014 11:04 AM
From: United States
Paupau, you'll meet immigrants like that from every country, I know countless Americans who look down at there own people and speak I'll of them, saying that they are moving to Japan or Germany because the US economy this and that, but America is still predominantly patriotic. And a Dominicans always complain about the country, but we still vacation back home regardless when we can and promote our music food and culture in regardless of our hateful groupies cough cough
Written by: TuPapaupa2014, 11 Aug 2014 11:12 AM
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Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 11 Aug 2014 11:04 AM
From: United States
Paupau, you'll meet immigrants like that from every country, I know countless Americans who look down at there own people and speak I'll of them, saying that they are moving to Japan or Germany because the US economy this and that, but America is still predominantly patriotic. And a Dominicans always complain about the country, but we still vacation back home regardless when we can and promote our music food and culture in regardless of our hateful groupies cough cough
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Of course there are people from every single country in the world that do not want to go back to their country..........I was addressing Victors' statement that Dominicans always think about going back.
Written by: laman00, 11 Aug 2014 11:19 AM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
Any immigrant wants to back to his or her homeland time to time, but the Dominicans do have a big advantage over all of them, they can just jump into a plane and within two or three hours they are back home, unlike others like asians, indians,philipines etc its a long flight, besides average Dominican that i know own there own home in DR as a vacation home or lots of relatives to stay at there houses, Dominicans in general want to retire in there homeland this is a proven fact.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 11 Aug 2014 11:35 AM
From: United States
Dready..

Answering your questions:

1.-Pew research center...

I also have a nice blog about it..

2.-thedominicans.blogspot.com/ the topic is "Facts about dominicans in USA.. And you will find plenty information and data for your delight

"They are ultimately very nationalistic, and the resounding idea among many Dominicans is that they are only in the US for limited periods of time in order to make money. Dominicans are inherently tied to their roots, and hold an overwhelming level of pride towards their culture and customs, which they aren’t willing to give up easily. "

Source: Pew research Center

thedominicans.blogspot.com/2013/07/facts-about-dominicans-in-usa.html


Dready: If you have more questions, I will be more than happy to help you with that!
Written by: dreadlocks, 11 Aug 2014 11:45 AM
From: United States
Miamilive, it is not very often that i respond to people who have the IQ and education of a beach dog, but in this case i might help to educate the underprivileged, so sit tight and listen. victor did not say anything about Haiti. he spoke about everyone else. i am saying that Dominicans are not unique in their wish to go home. every nationality wants to get enough money to go home. do you know why, dumbass? here is why;

nobody leaves his country to go and live somewhere else if he is doing well at home. the Brugals are not leaving the DR to go and shovel snow. the people that leave do so because they need the opportunity, not because they think they will like the other country better.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 11 Aug 2014 11:46 AM
From: United States


Dready:

More data for you just in case that wasn't enough..

pewhispanic.org/2013/06/19/hispanics-of-dominican-origin-in-the-united-states-2011/
Written by: dreadlocks, 11 Aug 2014 12:28 PM
From: United States
what does any of that have to do with the desire to go back to the DR?
Written by: laman00, 11 Aug 2014 12:39 PM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
You ask any immigrant who lived in US for several years and tell them to go back and live in any third world country? None of them would permanently period.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 11 Aug 2014 12:43 PM
From: United States



Guys..
You are wrong..


Most Dominicans , including me, want to go back with some resources...
We know who we are here..Foreigners...Regardless of how many years we have here..

That's our dream ..Go back home...
Written by: dreadlocks, 11 Aug 2014 12:47 PM
From: United States
actually, laman, many of them have tried, and gone right back to the US, or wherever they came from. when you come from a rough environment, and move to one where things are better, it is hard to go back to the negative stuff. a guy moved in beside me last August. he had lived in NJ for 40 years, and was back home to retire and enjoy his autumn of life. he is now living in Miami. he could not stand the noise, the garbage, the police, the electricity, the lack of basic services, the discourtesy, the delinquency, and general hopelessness and despair. his wife left first, telling him he could either join her in the US, or the marriage of 38 years was over, because under no circumstances was she going to live here.
Written by: laman00, 11 Aug 2014 12:48 PM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
Some resources??? After living and and some milking the resources is that what you mean???
Written by: laman00, 11 Aug 2014 12:51 PM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
Im all with you Dreadlock i know what you mean my friend.
Written by: devin11, 11 Aug 2014 1:13 PM
From: United States, The Greatest City
Victor,

You have completely convinced me that you don't know the difference between a fact and a personal biased opinion. There is not a single fact, except in your imagination that was provided in your source (Pew Hispanic Center) which correlates in any way the statement that you made, in that the biggest difference between Dominicans and other ethnic groups is that Dominicans wish to return more than anyone else.

Such a contention cannot be proven because it is impossible for anyone to assess the dynamics of interpersonal "feelings" on an entire ethnicity and the same for all other ethnic groups in order to come up with any supportive data. From your blog, its easy to see that your pride of country is surpassed by your breadth of scope. The most ridiculous of your assessments is when you write that Dominicans purposely segregate themselves from other ethnic groups then in the next paragraph you write about the "emphasis from within the Dominican community to integrate".
Written by: jambdebois, 11 Aug 2014 1:37 PM
From: United States
Again and again, the elemental sub educated are on the attack. unfortunately, they brought a can of el presidente to a gun fight. Dread made it all clear, but those simpletons are responding to the wind. every single immigrant i've came accross has aspiration; how many will make it back and not returning to the good old US of A? it is so minimum, not even on the radar.
Now, if DR has such a low income in the US and ill prepared, by default over 99.9999% end up in the streets of washington heights for their final days.
sorry, i forget simple arithmetic is too complicated. last variable in the eaquation, if you go back to the same hardship that you ran away from; as a diaspora...you are a visible target.
aspiartion? yes.....reality? a fleeting illusion.
Written by: jambdebois, 11 Aug 2014 1:39 PM
From: United States
post parade review.......lots of rump shaking and baile de perito and welfare procreation
Written by: calvoleon, 11 Aug 2014 1:43 PM
From: Dominican Republic
I just imagine, thousands, not even hundreds of thousands, of haitians celebrating "Haitian National Pride" in Santo Domingo. With the presence of the Mayor of Santo Domingo and music of T-Vice and Djakout!
Sorry, sorry, of course this would be something completely different, sorry, sorry! Very stupid, sorry!
Written by: woodpaker524, 11 Aug 2014 2:05 PM
From: United States
The first turístic country in the world is turkey .I thoght it's was Mexico. Second Egypt.therd dominican republic. In no time dominican republic will become the first the number one turist country in the world not haity.mexico.but la isla mas linda del mundo
Written by: laman00, 11 Aug 2014 3:42 PM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
No its not Turkey nor second Mexico, its France then United States, Turkey and mexico are not even in the first ten popular destinations for tourists.
Written by: dreadlocks, 11 Aug 2014 3:42 PM
From: United States
woodpaker, what do you mean when you say that the DR is the third touristic country in the world? in respect to what? is that chronological? i mean, just where do you get that ridiculous idea? the DR recorded 4.6 million visitors last year. do you know how many Times Square in NYC got? 40 million.

lay off the Brugal...
Written by: dreadlocks, 11 Aug 2014 3:49 PM
From: United States
by the way, woodpaker, the DR ranks about number 40 in the world in footfall, which is the amount of people who visit. it ranks way lower than that on the list of money spent there. even in the caribbean, cruise ship passengers spend 60 dollars per day in the DR, which is one of the lowest average spends in the caribbean...
Written by: PatDiamond, 11 Aug 2014 4:02 PM
From: Botswana, La reconnaissance est une lachete'
@MiamiLive We go back and invest
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Really is that what make DR economy the largest In the region? Damn I thought it was all the foreign investments. BTW you do know DR GDP per capita is lower than Cuba never mind being the 3rd poorest country in the Region, Haiti 1 jamaica 2 DR 3. But that's non of my business tho.
Written by: curios1, 11 Aug 2014 8:19 PM
From: United States, right where im standin
WELL I want to go to the Dominican republic.
Written by: Grosero, 12 Aug 2014 10:08 AM
From: United States
azzwipe mayor of new york snub the parade
Written by: TuPapaupa2014, 12 Aug 2014 3:48 PM
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Written by: Grosero, 12 Aug 2014 10:08

azzwipe mayor of new york snub the parade
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Who cares..............the guy is a joke.

He won in November, took office in January 1st 2014 and is already considered, by many, as a weak no-balls Mayor.

The NYPD really dislike that guy.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 13 Aug 2014 11:09 AM
From: United States

Devin:

The pew survey is a VERY reliable survey firm.They check thousand of source to get an accurate result.
It's been very accurate about the result of elections and a lot of companies, politicians and government institution used them.

I am repeating what the results are saying.
There is not bias opinions.
These are facts..

So, so far, the point of view of Dominican reality living abroad is EXTREMELY accurate.

Maybe you have a more reliable source of Dominican reality.But so far, the only thing bias that I see here is your personal sorrow opinion..

So Devin, if you don't have anything intelligent to say, or a more reliable source to debate about Dominican reality in USA, with tangible data, I suggest that you shut your mouth so you don't embarrass yourself...

For real..
Written by: dreadlocks, 13 Aug 2014 11:36 AM
From: United States
what does the PEW survey have to do with your assertion that Dominicans are unique in that they are the immigrant group that wants to eventually go back home?
Written by: ohhhvictor, 13 Aug 2014 12:07 PM
From: United States
Dready:
The survey says so, Dominicans here say so, I live here and I say so.

Here you find a lot of people from poorer background or hard sociopolitical roots that don't want to go back home:Cubans, Venezuelans, Africans,Asian , Haitians, eastern Europe, central America countries , etc, etc, etc

Before I put I foot here, I knew I was going back home eventually.

If I could have the same financial resources in DR , I wouldn't live in the States a single day!

By the way, I am a Dominican American citizen, and I tell my wife, over and over that eventually I am going back home,..La casa de Papa Dios!
Written by: dreadlocks, 13 Aug 2014 12:18 PM
From: United States
where does the survey say so? besides, you have conveniently named people from states where they cannot easily go back, for reasons existing in that particular country. by the way, if there is an absolute reversal of political fortunes in Cuba, many people would be on the next flight out.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 13 Aug 2014 12:33 PM
From: United States
Dready:

For a Cuban living here, to go back to Cuba is kind of easy and cheap..Remember they have more benefits than others immigrants.
But for other immigrants groups to flight to Cuba it's kind of dangerous ( you have to swear that you are not visiting any communist country when you take the naturalization oath..)
The plane are living from different airports, usually small airlines, and they are packed, after filling some bureaucratic process.
Cubans usually bring with them a lot of cell phones, medicine, food ,clothes, etc, etc

They can leave, but I haven't hear the first case of any of them staying back in Cuba.A HUGE different with Dominicans.
Written by: dreadlocks, 13 Aug 2014 12:36 PM
From: United States
you are fencing now. show me data that proves Dominicans want to go home more than guys from Guyana.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 13 Aug 2014 12:39 PM
From: United States
Dready:

Specially from Guyana!

In a lot of countries there are a lack of things that people need on the regular basics.

DR is not perfect but certainly have everything.If you live in a comfortable situation in DR you dont need to come here.Period

Yesterday I was speaking to a Brazilian and a European girls.They have been in DR many times.They were asking how come that I am still living in USA.They were right.I am going back home and that will be the happy day of my life!
Written by: dreadlocks, 13 Aug 2014 12:50 PM
From: United States
well, my very good friend from Guyana has lived in the US for forty years, and has already built her home, and is shipping in her belongings, as we speak. she got divorced 10 years ago from her husband from Grenada. he has been back for 6 years.
Written by: devin11, 13 Aug 2014 2:35 PM
From: United States, The Greatest City
Written by: ohhhvictor, 13 Aug 2014 12:33 PM
From: United States

So Devin, if you don't have anything intelligent to say, or a more reliable source to debate about Dominican reality in USA, with tangible data, I suggest that you shut your mouth so you don't embarrass yourself...

For real..

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First of all Victor I agree wholeheartedly that the Pew Research Center is an unbiased credible demo graphing and statistic collecting data organization. The references of ridiculous self contradiction that I made were in reference to your blog. I will cite yet another example, in your blog you claim that Dominicans do not use hyphens when representing their Nationalistic origins, like Cuban-Americans or Puerto Rican-Americans do, you go on to say. However, in one of your very most recent posts, on this same thread-no-less you refer to YOURSELF AS A DOMINICAN-AMERICAN CITIZEN. Contradict much?
Written by: devin11, 13 Aug 2014 2:53 PM
From: United States, The Greatest City
Victor,

Please show me where the Pew Center makes any statistical or calculable claim that Dominicans want to return to the DR more than any other ethnic group. It does not exist, I defy you to show me. Do not come back with any self serving unprovable anecdotes that you will claim "prove" your position, I want you to please show me the "PEW CENTER RESEARCH" that corroborates your position.

Afterwards, if you don't mind, please defend to the readership how your blog is not full of dubious contradictory declarations when you claim that Dominicans purposely segregate themselves from other ethnic groups and then a few lines later, in the same blog, you speak of Dominican emphasis to integrate into American Society.
Ohhhhhhhh Victor, the only one that has and continues to embarrass themself here is you.
Written by: dreadlocks, 13 Aug 2014 9:37 PM
From: United States
actually, devin, victor apparently has never heard the old bromide that whenever you find yourself in a hole you should stop digging. he is down to his neck by now.
Written by: TuPapaupa2014, 14 Aug 2014 8:56 AM
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ohhhvictor, 13 Aug

Dready:
The survey says so, Dominicans here say so, I live here and I say so.

Here you find a lot of people from poorer background or hard sociopolitical roots that don't want to go back home:Cubans, Venezuelans, Africans,Asian , Haitians, eastern Europe, central America countries , etc, etc, etc

Before I put I foot here, I knew I was going back home eventually.

If I could have the same financial resources in DR , I wouldn't live in the States a single day!

By the way, I am a Dominican American citizen, and I tell my wife, over and over that eventually I am going back home,..La casa de Papa Dios!
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Victor, NOT all Dominicans want to go back (relocate) to the DR...

A brother of mine doesn't.....doesn't mind visiting but says he will NEVER live in the DR.....raised here, wife is Cuban and kids were born here.

I WILL live in the DR, in the future.....about 3 months a year (maybe more)......3 in Italy, 3 in Mexico and 3 in Ireland.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 14 Aug 2014 9:19 AM
From: United States


Devin:

..

I am telling you what the polls are say, the Dominicans are saying , my friends are saying.Everyone is saying.But maybe you know more than 1.5 fell about them self.

In the study besides that , show that 2/3 of Dominicans were born in DR, and you always belongs to the place were you grow up, and the Dominicans are VERY nationalistic.

The study is a true reflection of the reality: We want to go home!

OBVIOUSLY you haven't read the article properly , so I have nothing else to tell you
_______________________________________________________

Tupapaupa:


You are right..I wouldn't say "ALL" because I can not speak for 1.5 millions Dominicans:some people have family, jobs for long time, another life style, etc, etc
But that's a common felling ...You will never feel like an 'americano" : You are a dominican living in USA, and when motherlands call you...You feel it in your heart
Written by: dreadlocks, 14 Aug 2014 9:55 AM
From: United States
victor, you do realize that from a scientific standpoint, nothing you have said has any validity. it does not rise above the level of anecdotal hearsay. in order for your assertions to have any usefulness, certain realities have to be established.

1..you would need to take a representative sample population, and ask them how many really want to go back home

2..you would have to repeat this question to each and every population group.

3..you would have to apply a weighting to groups which are far smaller, or larger, in order to establish the veracity of the sampling.

4..you would have to do a survey to establish how many Dominicans return home voluntarily, and at what ages, and for what reasons.

5..you would have to apply the same survey to all other ethnic immigrant groups.

then, and only then, are you able to pontificate on this idea you put forward. the reason is simple;

how many Russians have you discussed this notion with? mainland Chinese, perhaps?
Written by: TuPapaupa2014, 14 Aug 2014 8:54 PM
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Written by: ohhhvictor, 14 Aug 2014 9:19 AM

Tupapaupa:


You are right..I wouldn't say "ALL" because I can not speak for 1.5 millions Dominicans:some people have family, jobs for long time, another life style, etc, etc
But that's a common felling ...You will never feel like an 'americano" : You are a dominican living in USA, and when motherlands call you...You feel it in your heart
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Victor, it all depends on how old the person was when he/she arrived in the USA.......yes, MOST Dominican, in my opinion, would retire to the DR......but there are those that were raised here, like
my siblings and I, that wouldn't relocate to the DR even if their lives depended on it.....as an
example, again, I will use my brother who wouldn't......and as another example, I'll use my other
brother who went back to the DR after more than 40 years here.

The older the person, the more that person will be attached to the DR.....menor de edad, not so much.
Written by: guillermone, 14 Aug 2014 11:00 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum

Victor, it all depends on how old the person was when he/she arrived in the USA.......yes, MOST Dominican, in my opinion, would retire to the DR......but there are those that were raised here, like
my siblings and I, that wouldn't relocate to the DR even if their lives depended on it.....as an
example, again, I will use my brother who wouldn't......and as another example, I'll use my other
brother who went back to the DR after more than 40 years here.
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My mother move to the states soon after the death of Trujillo in 1961 and has only been back once right smack during the middle of the 1965 Revolution and has never returned. Her brothers or rather my retired uncles also refuse to go back. They all had extremely negative and traumatic memories of their lives while growing up under a dictatorship. Ironically, all of their children, my cousins including myself love the DR and want to go back. I frequently travel to the DR at least once every few months
Written by: gomas, 15 Aug 2014 9:10 AM
From: Dominican Republic, puerto plata
the Dominicans I know do not want to go anywhere in the usa
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