Cuando Sali de Cuba – Your Story

I live in Southern California and I’m constantly amazed at the number of people who have no idea why there are so many Cuban Americans here in the U.S.

I’ve concluded that they just don’t know our stories. And I know for a fact that if you’re of Cuban heritage and are not living on the island, you have a story about coming to America.

I often get asked by my local newspaper to share something for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) about my “coming to America story.”

This year I’d like to do something a little different. I’d like to share your stories on my own blog, My big, fat, Cuban family. Or your parents’ story if you were very young. Or your grandparents’ story. You get what I mean….

Here’s an example: Cuando Sali de Cuba – Anna’s Story.

I was very encouraged when I saw Jay Alvarez act out his parents’ dramatic escape from Cuba in his one man show, “Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!” and I realized that we all have a story and too many people are ignorant about what actually happened to the Cuban people as a result of the revolution.


So, I’m asking you to please share. Send me an email with your story and some photos (Under 600 words would be ideal). Send to mdarby at cox dot net. Please put Cuando Sali de Cuba in the subject line.

It’s time for the stories of our common, everyday courage to get told. Thank you.

3 thoughts on “Cuando Sali de Cuba – Your Story”

  1. marta your asking Cubans to stay under 600 words?..oye chica that would eliminate much of the exagerations…I wound be able to add the past where a 200 pound barracuda…forget it….I’ll try anyways.

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