A Dominican is one whose heritage is traced to the Dominican Republic (disambiguation between dominican from the Dominican Republic and the island of Dominica). Dominicans occupy a little more than half of the island of la Hispaniola in the Caribbean. Their culture is one mixed with Spanish, Taino and some fragmented African traditions and genealogies. In the US, Dominicans are known for excelling in the sport of baseball. Dominicans are also widely known for their skill in hair styling and distribution of effective hair and aesthetic products. Women from the Dominican Republic are also among the world's most beautiful and exotic. Some Dominican trademarks include merengue (as well as dominican reggaeton artists), highly acclaimed beer Presidente, high-grade beverage Mamajuana, Mangu (plantain dish), an officially established territory occupying a big part of Manhattan (NY), known as Washington Heights (a.k.a "lo platano').
Generally, dominicans are viewed as very friendly people who are very proud of their culture. Often misconceptions have revolved around dominicans wanting to be puerto rican. As of early, this myth has been debunked. Studies have shown that while Puerto Rico has been better off economically, most Dominicans 'lost respect' for their cousin country for giving up its independence as a latin country to the US and thus becoming a commonwealth. Being ridiculed for this, Puerto Ricans have harbored feelings of resentment against dominicans and defend themselves by saying that dominicans want to be like them. Other surveys concluded that Dominicans take pride in their language and culture, while an alarming percentage of boricuas hardly speak spanish or not at all. Overall, the dominican/rican rivalry has not been ongoing for long, but it is a rather recent enmity ignited by foreign policy.
Dominicans are skilled in music (as well as Cubans and Puerto Ricans)
"Yo, check out that group of people over there havin fun, lookin beautiful and eating plantains...who are they?"
"Aah, my friend...they are Dominicans"