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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

                                                                            Copyright © 1999 International Development Options

                                                                                               All Rights Reserved



Volume One                                                                   Winter 1998-Spring 1999                                                               Numbers 3-4.




   Katia Perea

   Department of Sociology

   65 Fifth Avenue

   New School for Social Research

   New York, NY 10003

   Published online: December 15, 2016



I am a Miami-born Cuban-American child of exiled Cuban parents. My generation grew up with families in "el exilio."  Our impressions of Cuba come from memories and stories passed down to us.  Given the diplo­matic ties between Cuba and the United States, it is not easy to write about the cultural patterns in a country we can only visit illegally, or with a visa that is difficult to obtain.   This article is both an exploration of Cuban identity in the United States and an ethnography of American-based Cuban solidarity groups.  This ethnogr­aphy explores the sentiments these groups carry towards Cubans in Cuba and in the U.S.  It is primarily a critique on Cuban solidarity grou­ps' lack of familiarity with Cuban-Americans and, therefore, their inadequa­cy to fulfill the needs of Cuban-Americans, the most important of those needs being a united Cuba.

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