In Miami, I am sharing an apartment with a man from Cuba and a woman from Nicaragua. While living with them, I’ve noticed how Cuban men and women here tend to impose their culture – mostly the way they speak and what they eat – on other Latin American immigrants.
Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary
I am currently living with my father in Miami. Though our reunion has brought us closer together as a family, subtle differences have arisen between us. Politically speaking, we represent two generations of immigrants who experienced Cuba’s totalitarian regime from different positions.
I lived in Cuba until March 30, 2013. Today, I live with my father in the city of Miami. I have found compelling reasons to engage in political, grassroots activism in both Havana and Miami, though these cities are ninety miles apart.
“Para saber mañana” (To Know Tomorrow) is the leading program in the government media campaign seeking to indoctrinate the younger generation of Cubans with the time-worn and fraudulent ideology of the “Cuban Revolution.”
Today, as the outmoded bureaucracy opens the way to the most conventional forms of neo-liberalism, we’re seeing how the tiresome highly ideological speeches that date back decades are being tossed in the garbage. The government is reappearing with longings for pragmatism, with political questions becoming concise and sensationalist: work, consume and pay taxes.
The consolidation of capos in Cuban state administration favors the maintenance of authoritarian order in the country. They are representatives of those highly conflictive contexts of the underground economy that reaches the whole of Cuban society.
While eco tourism, family tourism and luxury tourism are gradually coming to occupy prominent places in the country’s tourism industry,.sex tourism in Cuba is being instituted as a legitimate economic institution.
Cuban amateur sports is no longer among the world’s elite. The growing interest that the emerging powers have shown in amateur sports, in addition to professional athletes competing in major amateur competitions, have elevated the quality of these events as never before.
Many European environmentalists come to in Cuba with the hope of finding a lifestyle representing an alternative to the chronic consumerism that has marred the natural environment in their countries.