Rejecting the derogatory term "Gringos" and the accusatory epithet "Yanquis," Cubans like to describe us, their North American neighbors, as "Yumas." This blog is merely one Yuma"s means of share his think on all things Cuban, a topic that often generates much more heat 보다 light.




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I just recorded an attractive documentary on CNBC dubbed "Escape from Havana: an American Story" about Operation Pedro Pan (Peter Pan) the mini airlift that spirited 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban youngsters to the U.S. In between 1960 and 1962. ns think what I favored most around the documentary is the (for tendency cable) that featured a refreshingly broad range of stories and also opinions on the revolution, top top U.S. Policy, and on operation Peter Pan itself..There was an especially interesting section on the CIA dispersing false rumors around a Castro arrangement to send youngsters to the USSR, indirectly leading many worried parental to send their children alone come the U.S. Via Pedro Pan rather in stimulate to save them, or so your parents thought. I"m happy to check out that they contained not only the movingstory that Maria de los Angeles Torres as a Pedro Pan herself, but also her research and evaluation as a politics scientist whohas wirtten around the exodus v thecritical eye the a scholar.Here are the six featured Cubans - all of whom room "Pedro Pans" themselves:
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Carlos Eire - author of "Waiting for snow in Havana" and also Professor of background and spiritual Studies, Yale University. Carlos last witnessed Cuba 48 years earlier when his parents put him and his brothers on a airplane bound for America. "For me, Cuba is some various other dimension, like some various other planet – because I can’t walk there."
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Tomas Regalado - mayor of Miami, Florida. Regalado to be a young boy when his father, a journalist and also critic of Castro, disappeared. "A most militia males banging ~ above the doors and also calling the name of my father. A many guns. Castle came into the house and also my mother was crying. It to be a an extremely bad day."
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Maria de Los Angeles Torres - politics Scientist and Director the the Latin American and also Latino studies Program, university of Illinois, Chicago. Maria was simply 5 year old once Fidel Castro take it over. Her parents sustained the revolution that carried him come power, yet their hopes for the future quickly turned to fear. "My parents to be horrified with the firing squads and they had actually a really close friend that as 17 at the moment he was arrested. That was... Killed by a shoot squad."
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Candi Sosa - Singer/Songwriter. As a young child, Candi caught Castro’s attention once he heard she sing. That tried to take it her away to research in Russia. She parents refused. The revolution really hit residence when Candi’s father to be arrested for treason. "It was a torturous time. He got very traumatized…to lose that whole sense of well-being, come lose everything you possess."
Carlos Saladrigas - Chairman and also CEO, Regis HRG and also founder of the Cuba examine Group. Carlos come in Miami – alone and penniless – at the period of twelve. Prevailing has been his mission ever because that fateful day once he was airlifted away from his home. "I had actually a challenging time. I median I cry by guts the end daily. Yet that details moment, that was full of hope and also expectation, and a sense of adventure, too."


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Silvia Wilhelm - Activist, Founder and also Executive Director, Puentes Cubanos. Silvia come alone in Miami when she was 14 year old. She was sent out to live in Buffalo, NY boarding school. She remembers the bay of Pigs invasion and learning the the American trained Cuban exile pressures were defeated by Castro. “That’s once I really realized, I’m no going back. I’m below for good.”I would certainly have likewise liked to hear the story of Nelson Valdes and Roman de la Campa both Pedro Pans who have written movingly and also sometimes critically that the experience. Also, ns wonder what portion of the Pedro Pans to be Afro-Cuban - provided the demography that the exodus at the time, I"d imagine less than 5 percent. Anyone know?Try to catch the show - well worth watching and also arguing around over a glass that ron anejo and a pan con lechon.