“The advantage of writing from a minority point of view is you have a dual consciousness. You are immersed in the perspective of the majority, and see things the majority might not.”
A British-Colombian writer currently based in New York City.
Latino, Latine, Latinx
So-called minority ethnic people in Britain complain that they didn’t receive the memo when the acronym BAME was foisted on them, yet it stuck. The same appears to be true of Latinx in the USA, a term increasingly used by journalists to describe a section of the population, yet it’s one with which only three per cent of that group identify. The British-Colombian writer, Daniel Rey, explores the minefield of naming, being identified and self-identifying that he has encountered on moving recently to the USA.
Daniel Rey is a thirty-year-old British-Colombian writer whose work focuses on history, literature, politics and cultural commentary. He is a contributor to, amongst others, the Spectator, Prospect, and History Today. His essay, ‘Checkmate or Top Trumps: Cuba’s Geopolitical Game of the Century’ was published by Vintage Digital, and won the runner-up award in the 2017 Bodley Head & Financial Times prize.
Rey has worked on documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four and PBS, and has produced and hosted a podcast. He currently lives in New York.