Joy was born in Jamaica and came to the United States at the age of three with her parents. Her family moveq to the Bronx, where life is completely different to how things were back home in the Caribbean. This makes Joy all the more determined to fit in to her new surroundings.
To do this, she adopts the detached perspective of an anthropologist, someone who studies human behavior and societies. It's as if Joy is a scientist undertaking a detailed examination of the other children in the Bronx. But all this studying is for a purpose: Joy wants to fit in. She hopes that by not just observing but also copying the other children's behavior and their manner of speaking, she'll be able to adapt more effectively to her new living environment.