As the Haitian presence expands throughout the globe, Haitian-Americans, Haitian-Canadians, Haitian-Dominicans, Haitian-Chileans and other hyphenated diasporas engage with their own sense of identity. Photo by Leonardo March.

BROOKLYN — When news broke about Karine Jean-Pierre, the recently-named White House press secretary, questions about her identify as a Haitian-American took aback some people who thought her ethnicity fairly obvious. In one TikTok video, several commenters said they are doubtful because she was born in Martinique.

Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique of Haitian parents and raised in France before her family moved to New York.

In the end, one comment on the thread stood out for summarizing how many second-generation Haitians feel about the culture.

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Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico and a Report for America corps member

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