The Cuban Americans / Edition 1

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Today more than one million emigrés make up the Cuban diaspora, and many, though living in America, still consider themselves part of Cuba. This book captures the struggles and dreams of Cuban Americans. Using this resource, students, teachers, and interested readers can examine the engaging and often controversial details of Cuban immigration. Such details include patterns of immigration, adaptation to American life and work, cultural traditions, religious traditions, women's roles, the family, adolescence, language, and education. Because the author is himself a Cuban American, he does not treat the emigrés as mere subjects nor does he tell their story in statistical terms alone. As an insider, he delves deeply into the soul of the community to illustrate all the dimensions of the Cuban American experience.

Gonzalez-Pando's unique vantage point yields not just a detailed account of major events that have influenced the development of the Cuban exile community in the United States, but also a knowledgeable interpretation of the impact of those events. He focuses on the community's self-identification as exiles, showing how these reluctant emigrés have found the strength to succeed in America without surrendering their sense of national and cultural identity. A timeline of Cuban American history, biographical sketches of 20 noted Cuban Americans, a bibliography, and photos complete the text. Like its subjects, this book is thought-provoking and inspiring.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Delia Culberson
These two comprehensive and well-organized volumes, part of the New Americans series, contain an impressive amount of documented data on the economic, political, and cultural impact that new arrivals continue to make upon the ethnically diverse American landscape. The resilience of spirit in this traditional "nation of immigrants" is tested every day by the massive influx of new settlers. Nowhere has this been more evident in recent times than in the state of Florida, South Florida in particular. Miami-dynamic, semi-tropical, and geographically American-has become for virtually all intents and purposes a thriving Hispanic metropolis with a distinctive Latin American style and tempo, and a huge overwhelmingly Cuban American Spanish-speaking population. Cuban American Gonzalez-Pando has produced an engrossing and objective study of the Cuban migration to the United States. He tells of the various aspects of his countrymen's exodus in lucid chapters that chronicle Cuba's troubled history as well as its sometimes controversial relations with the United States. Leonard's interesting and well-written book is concerned with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. The main focus is on India and Pakistan because these South Asian nations have sent "by far the largest number of immigrants to the United States." South Asia's often tumultuous history is traced with special attention to each country's background, culture, and economy. Both books follow the same general format with chapters that outline the particular difficulties new settlers face in their new environment (differences in languages, customs, economy), their valuable contributions to their new homeland, and other relevant factors. In the case of Cuban Americans, although the political and economic upheaval in their island nation has forced great numbers into involuntary exile, their native country's proximity (barely ninety miles from our shores) and their longtime familiarity with American ways have made their adjustment relatively easy and many have become highly successful. South Asians have faced an array of very different cultural features in the United States; however, in the case of India, the centuries-old association with Great Britain has familiarized a great number of its natives with Western customs and the English language, and many have become quite prosperous in their new home. Gonzalez-Pando and Leonard include interesting statistical data, ample bibliographies and reference notes, appendices, detailed indexes, and biographical sketches of notable Cuban Americans and prominent South Asians. Other books in this series include The Dominican Americans, The Korean Americans, and The Taiwanese Americans. Although these books may not be picked up by the casual browser, they are important resources for the serious reader interested in the evolution of American culture. Migration patterns and cultural influences have clearly changed over the years. Whereas mainly German, Italian, Irish, and other European nationalities arrived in boatloads at the beginning of this century, large numbers of today's immigrants are most likely to converse in Spanish or in a multitude of Asian languages. This series shows it is to our country's good fortune that newcomers to our shores continue to exhibit a resourceful adaptability as well as an enterprising creativity. Index. Photos. Biblio. Appendix. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: The Cuban Americans and The South Asian Americans. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Gonzalez-Pando brings a personal yet comprehensive perspective to the history and contemporary situation of this immigrant group. He begins by tracing Cuba's political history from Spanish colonization through tumultuous exchanges of power in the early 20th century, through the Batista dictatorship and Castro's rise to power. The author details what he calls the "Development of the Cuban Exile Country," which he breaks down into specific stages from 1959 onward, many of which correspond directly with shifts in U.S. government policies. Significant events including the U.S.-Cuban crisis in the 1960s, Castro's discontinuation of the freedom flights in 1973, and the Mariel boatlift are woven throughout the narrative, which is careful to reflect the diverse sentiments and experiences of the progressive waves of emigres. The author's attempt to define a cultural identity succeeds in validating the multidimensional nature of both a strong nationalism and the desire for a self-created home. Black-and-white photographs of contemporary politicians, celebrities, citizens, and scenes are sectioned in the middle of the text, and endnotes follow every chapter. The appendix contains immigration and population statistics, a brief outline of Cuban-American history, a list of notable exiles, and a short bibliography. The combination of historical and cultural approaches makes this concise and engaging narrative a welcome addition.-Kate Foldy, Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights, KY
Captures the struggles and dreams of Cuban Americans. Examines the controversial details of Cuban immigration such as patterns of immigration, adaptation to American life and work, cultural and religious traditions, women's roles, the family, adolescence, language, education, and economic and political issues. An epilogue addresses the post-Castro era. Contains three appendices. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313298240
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Series: New Americans Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

MIGUEL GONZALEZ-PANDO is the founder of the Cuban Living History Project at Florida International University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction: The Cuban Exile Country - A Drama without a Script
1 Historical Background 1
2 Genesis of the Cuban Exile 17
3 Development of the Cuban Exile Country 31
4 Identity, Culture, and Exile Life 83
5 The Emigres' Economic Miracle 117
6 Politics of the Emigres 141
Epilogue: The Cuban Exile Country in the Post-Castro Era 163
App. I: Statistical Summary 165
App. II Summary of the Stages of Development of the Cuban Exile Country 169
App. III Notable Cuban Exiles 171
Selected Bibliography 175
Index 179
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