Being an American

Caught between Cultures

Sarah Martin
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There was a general shared sentiment that Fidel's death and the 'invasion' of Cuba by U.S. capitalism would be the most terrible thing imaginable. People were scared - they had heard about life in Central America, about children on the streets and people suffering without any access to medical care. At the same time, people wanted to be able to make more money and be able to buy more things...Cuba was a land of contradictions. Cubans wanted me to go home and tell everyone about them - that they aren't bad people, that they don't deserve to suffer under our embargo. They deserve medicines and food like everyone else and shouldn't have to jump through ridiculous hoops to get them. Cubans were proud that I was there - my act of choosing Cuba was, in a small way, giving the finger to the embargo.


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