21 thoughts on “Are you Cuban-American?”

  1. I was once referred to as a “Cuban import” by a “gentleman” who was being, shall we say, “underhandedly complimentary.” But in fact I took it as a helluva good compliment.

    The problem with imports and exports is that sometimes the importing country is not careful enough when screening its imports. If only a certain Spaniard named Angel Castro had been denied an “import permit” by the relevant Cuban authorities…

  2. We are willing Americans who started out as unwilling and sad exiles. We are one of the most successful groups of immigrants this country has ever seen. We are the definition of the American Dream.

  3. I second George. While I wasn’t born in Cuba, I was born in exile with Cuba in my heart. I consider myself 100% Cuban.

  4. I was born in Cuba but ended up in Europe.
    I’m not a Cuban-European though.

    America has a different way of integrating people I think.

    When the day comes I will go back. So the export comes with a refund policy.

  5. I was born in Havana, two weeks after Jan 1, 1959. I thank the Good Lord and my parents every day for getting us the hell out of there. I am proud to be an import to this wonderful country. I love the United States!

  6. You know, I was lucky. I didn’t have to take a raft, I took the airport bus from Berlin Schoenefeld to Berlin Alexanderplatz, on the day the wall fell.

    We were en route from Moscow to Havana, and the only thing I could look forward to was a warmer climate.

    I celebrated my freedom with hundred thousands of Germans on a cold November day, 16 years ago. And nobody felt the cold on this day.

    Next year in Havana, my friends. Next year…

  7. I can vouch that my Mom would love to go back, and I for one would like to visit for the first time and show my kids where we come from. I know plenty of people that would love to go back…

  8. I also agree with Illy’s post, we have been here since 66 and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank God and my parents for getting us out of that hellhole. And yes Mike I would like to go back, but just to visit. This is my country now. Ozzie.

  9. I find it weird that Cubans and the rest of the Western Hemisphere are Americans and US Citizens take it for granted to call themselves Americans. I dont know, I guess being politically correct sometimes is over the top, what are we going to call ourselves USians?

    But I have always felt that Cuban-American meant you are half Cuban and half American. I feel than it implies someone who is completely Cuban and American at the same time.

  10. Although this great country has been my home for the past 43 years, there’s no doubt in my mind of who I am and where I came from! “Cuban by birth and a proud American Citizen by the grace of God”! I have enjoyed all the Freedoms that so many take for granted … and as soon as I turned 18 yrs. old … I exercised my right to vote . . . and have voted and worked the polls since then … 🙂 melek

  11. I’m a pretty recent import (1995) and I was 22 when I came here to the US, but I don’t think I can go back and live in Cuba.

    It will take a long time to fix the economy and the country’s infraextructura in general, but it will take longer to change the way people think and act (it will change- el medio hace al hombre).

    This is my daughter’s country (and my soon-to-be-here son’s as well)- I’m staying –

    Even though I’d prefer to invest in real estate in this country, I may get a little vacation place por alla ..if it’s cheap… (y un par de noviesitos tambien — ja! ja! just kidding!)

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