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Cuban Americans: From Golden Exiles to Dusty Feet—Freedom, Hope, Endurance, and the American Dream

  • Jeanett Castellanos
  • Alberta M. Gloria
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Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Abstract

To understand Cuban Americans’ cultural adjustment, transition to the United States, and their influence on American society, this chapter addresses the role of cultural preservation and cultural beliefs in the context of Cuban peoples’ history, political climate, waves of migration, daily and long-term challenges, identity shaping, values, and means of positive functioning. Implementing a strengths-based approach, Cubans’ cultural processes (e.g., the role of family, religion, Cubanidad) and successful narratives are examined in the context of cultural preservation, ethnic identity, and ethnic pride. Finally, the role of cultural continuity and validation in the community, the benefits of cultural affirmation, and the impact of a collective identity are reviewed in the context of resilience, well-being, wellness, and success.

Keywords

Cultural adjustment Cubanidad Exiles Refugees La Virgen de La Caridad Perseverance Strengths 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California-IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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