Mr. Chin, go back a Japan

from Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Somewhat of a confusing line here, I think Kartel means to say go back a China. There isn;t a large Japanese history in Jamaica, but the Chinese have roots in Jamaica going back to the days of abolition. The British attempted to get Chinese laborers to move to the island, and were somewhat successful. The 1943 census showed 12,394 Chinese residing in Jamaica; these were divided into three categories by the census, namely “China-born” (2,818), “local-born” (4,061), and “Chinese coloured” (5,515), the latter referring to multiracial people of mixed African and Chinese descent. This made Chinese Jamaicans the second largest Chinese population in the Caribbean, behind Chinese Cubans. By 1963, the Chinese had a virtual monopoly on retail trade in Jamaica, controlling 90% of dry goods stores and 95% of supermarkets, along with extensive holdings in other sectors such as laundries and betting parlors.

Kartel is directing anger at them because instead of native Jamaicans owning these retail shops they are owned by Chinese. That’s not to say some good hasn’t come of it, as one of the best reggae labels, VP records, is owned by the Chin family.

Co-founder of VP Records Patricia Chin

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