Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way

Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way

by Gustavo Perez Firmat

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Perez Firmat (Spanish, Duke U.) chronicles what it means to be Cuban in America, examining the lives of famous and ordinary members of the "1.5 Generation," Cubans who arrived in the US as children or adolescents. He examines Cuban-American musicians, writers, and movie and television personalities, such as Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, and Gloria Estefan, and affirms that Cuban-American culture is a culture of acceptance but not of assimilation. Perez Firmat, who came to the US from Cuba at the age of 11, adds his own reflections as a member of the generation living "life on the hyphen." Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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University of Texas Press
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