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ERIC Number: ED454316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-12
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Cuban Identity: A Preliminary Study.
Alvarez, Carlos; Bliss, Linda A.; Vigil, Peter
This study explored patterns of differences and commonalities in the constructions of identity by Cuban Americans, focusing on the pain of their experiencing "Paradise Lost," a theme identified in earlier research in which Cuban American college students reported: strong Cuban connections; value for the Spanish language, food, and culture; and a sense of loss because of never having been to the home country. For this study, researchers interviewed three more Cuban American students. These students reported that: they retained a collective memory, vision, or myth of the homeland; they believed they were not fully accepted by their host country; they felt they should be collectively involved in trying to help restore the homeland to a position of safety and prosperity; they regarded the homeland as their true, ideal home and the place for eventual return; and they continued to relate, personally or vicariously, to that homeland. The study concludes that a need exists to better understand people who come from Diaspora communities and their struggles for a sense of wholeness in their cultural identity. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cuba