Remove This RH Sign – Chinese Sign Greets Visitors to Sam Lord’s Castle in Barbados
How The Hell Would Anyone Know That This Resort Is In Barbados An English Speaking Country? Since when did Barbados Relocate to China? This Sign Must Be Removed. It Is An Insult To The People of Barbados!
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The following composed by Heather Cole
Anyone offended by the above title should also be deeply offended by the disturbing signage outside of Sam Lords Castle that is now being rebuilt. This historic property has been a part of Barbados since the days of Slavery. It comes packaged with folklore about the exploits of Samuel Lord, who has since been immortalized in song by the Merry Men regarding his exploits as a pirate, hanging lanterns on coconuts trees for ships to run aground on the reef so that he could pillage its treasure.
It is unfortunate that the property was allowed to run to ruin. All Barbadians are happy at the prospects of it being rebuilt bringing jobs. However, Barbadians do not speak far less read Chinese. No one knows what the signage says. We speak a Bajan dialect and English is our national language. Our days of colonialism ended in 1966. We have a flag that is blue and gold not red and white, we have a Coat of Arms on which is written in English “Pride and Industry” not Chinese Characters, we have a national anthem that is written in English.
Chinese is not the national language of Barbados. Signage in Chinese must not be allowed on such a significantly historical property in Barbados. If the Chinese want to build a Sam Lords Castle in Shanghai, Shandong, Guangdong, Sichuan, Henan or any of the other Chinese Provinces they would be well within their rights to put Chinese characters at the entrance but not in Long Bay, St Philip Barbados, the signage must be remove immediately. It is an insult to all Barbadians.
One wonders if it was done in oversight by the Government or on deliberate action. However, there is no Chinese sign on the Gymnasium. In Barbados we have a preference for other cultures to assimilate to our culture and our language and want to keep it that way. Mrs. Ram Mirchandani has a hotel in Barbados and there is no signage at the entrance in any of the Indian languages. The previous owners of Sam Lords Castle kept its original name and in the English language. Why can’t the Chinese?