Originally from Salazie, Quentin left the island after the Bac and caught the virus travel. He spent the summer of 2016 in Japan to promote the meeting and its culture … still too little known: “We wonder if I am Brazilian, Algerian, Moroccan, Antillean, Kanak, Cambodian, but strangely do Reunion seem to be an option … ”
Tell us about your background.
I’m 25 and I come from a modest family of Islet to Vidot in Salazie. I left the meeting at 17, just after the ferry, to begin a university education in Strasbourg. I myself very well and stayed six years, beyond my English License! Then a new desire also took me to Perth, Australia, where I taught French for a year. I also could travel to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Canada …
Where are you today?
Office until the little shop Reunion Island, I won the competition in 2016 from the House of Culture of Japan to Paris. I won a return ticket Paris-Tokyo I will use this summer. Over the exchanges it occurred to me the idea to use this trip to promote The Meeting with the Japanese public through presentations and workshops Creole cuisine. I will invite the islanders to follow me on several social networking platforms. Then in September, I am considering a Master in International Communication Lyon, which I hope will allow me to continue to work on relations with Japan.
Brings you the experience of mobility?
It’s a very fulfilling experience for me. Teenager, I was very introverted, now I have much more confidence. Besides when I get to the meeting, people who knew me at that time may have trouble recognizing me. Reunion we are well positioned for traveling. Alternating regularly between Creole and French in the context and the interlocutor, this gym when we get used since childhood I think is an undeniable asset in learning foreign languages.
What objects of Reunion have you brought in your suitcase?
Punch, of leafy vegetables and sausage to offer to my auntie who greeted me when I arrived in Strasbourg. Lately I often moves so I try not to burden myself but I still have a couple of T-shirts. I also have the opportunity to regularly receive a package from my family, chilli paste that prepares my father’s terrible!
What do you miss from your island?
My family, the PEI products, the starry sky summer nights, the sound of rain on the sheet … Since my arrival in Paris I’ve been around almost as Reunion: colleagues, clients or colleges buddies. Without falling into the communitarianism, that’s a very foolish to speak Creole daily, share meals without worrying about whether we put too much pepper, and laugh out loud with people who always remind you of an uncle a (an) cousin (e) or an aunt!
What is your outlook on socio-economic situation of the island?
I think it is relative. When we listen to our gramounes about the lontan misery, we realize that comeback. It’s easy to focus on ladi-Lafe and polemics, but it would quickly forget everything being done by the daily Reunion Island and elsewhere for the development and influence of our culture. There is still some way to go of course, but the meeting has a very high potential it is up to us to make the best.
What is the image of Reunion where you live?
Very positive for those who know the island. Others take a lot of shortcuts. Although often confused us with the West Indies, yet located in another ocean. I was often asked to dance zouk, otherwise I have not met anyone who can imitate a credible Reunion accent. I am asked if I am Brazilian, Algerian, Moroccan, Antillean, Kanak, Cambodian, but strangely Reunion does not seem to be an option.
Yourself, what is your outlook on the region where you live and its inhabitants?
At first glance the Alsatians can seem cold and distant, but once they have accepted you, you’re part of the family. Just as the Reunion is a part of France that has a strong local identity.Difficult to draw a portrait of Parisians after only three months, I will just say that it is the city of all possibilities.
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