Family in Jamaica

Video Transcript

In Jamaica people focus on, [when] I was growing up, people focused more so on family. Even if you're a friend, you're treated like family. Even at Christmas time, people focus more here [in the United States] on commercial Christmas. Buying gifts.<br><br>For us, [if] a friend stopped by the house, you [would] give them a glass of sorrel [tea] and a piece of cake. And that was sufficient. So it's more close family as well as extended family within the community, more so. People who were coming into the community were also welcome. If they come with someone that's from the community, more so you get treated more like family."

In this video, an Army master sergeant and native Jamaican describes the importance of family in Jamaican culture.