Dunn family reconnects in London to celebrate Jamaica


Thursday, August 02, 2012    

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MEMBERS of the Dunn family may represent three nationalities, but the colour they will be adorned in when Jamaica's star athletes take to the track this week will be the black, green and gold.

Delain grew up in Hillside, St Thomas, her husband Orville was born in London of Jamaican parents, their children 16-year-old Spencer and 13-year-old Liam were born in the United States, and now the family lives in Singapore.

The family journeyed to London this year not only to attend the Games, but to reconnect to their Jamaican side during this period of celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence.

"We are a combination of Jamaica, Britain and United States and so sometimes it is hard to answer when people ask where we are from," Delain said.

And although they can cheer on any of the four countries they are affiliated with, the family is saving the loudest cheer for Jamaica.

"We all have our Jamaican colours and we will be wearing them on Friday," Delain proudly informed the Jamaica Observer.

Orville, an engineer with Pratt & Whitney, explained that the family lived in Texas until three years ago when he took up a job offer in his company's Singapore office.

But while it has not been difficult adjusting to the Singapore culture, the family has greater challenges explaining their nationality.

Delain explained that they have been able to adjust to life in Singapore because of the diverse culture which exists there, as well as the rapidly growing Jamaican community.

She said there has been talk of forming a Jamaican Association where they live. However, those plans have not yet materialised.

"Most of the time I tell someone in Singapore that I am from Jamaica they don't know where Jamaica is, but as soon as I say Bob Marley and reggae music they do," she said.

The boys said they, too, enjoy living in Singapore where they attend the American International School.

"We get to meet other kids from all over the world and that is really very cool," said Spencer.

Delain said she ensures the boys stay in touch with their Jamaican heritage and that they visit the island as often as possible.

A lover of Jamaican food, the boys said their best Jamaican dish is fried plantain, which they gave their mother high scores for making.

"She is a very good cook," their father reiterated.

While the boys, who are Americans, naturally identify more with their birth land, they made it clear that the second favourite nationality of this very diverse family is Jamaican.



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