ERIC Number: ED392006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Cuban Americans: Ethnic Exiles.
Granello, Paul F.
Cuban Americans as a demographic group have violated many of the normally observed patterns concerning immigrant groups to the United States. Although included under the term "Hispanic," Cuban Americans have had a unique demographic, political, economic, and social history in the United States which has differentiated them from other Hispanic groups. Examination of some of the differentiating factors are presented in this paper so as to better understand this ethnic group's cultural identity. Cuban Americans have been economically successful in comparison to other Hispanic and African American minority groups. Much of this success is built on the traditions of family and community. Significantly, however, Cuban Americans received superior treatment to other immigrant groups and also demographically represented a biased population of educated, older, and experienced people. Cuban Americans had a substantial pre-revolution history in the United States and have had the advantage of close geographical proximity to the Latin world to assist in preservation of their culture. Second generation Cuban Americans are viewing the family differently than their parents, what effects this will have on the Cuban American community which has built so much of its economic success on family intradependence is not yet known. Contains 18 references. (JBJ)
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