CubaNYC: Coffee, Culture, & Cuban-Chinese
New York was the most important city for Cuban immigrants to the U.S. before 1960. Despite the city’s rich Cuban heritage, however, much of the culture has since been lost to gentrification. Explore the making of Cuban Manhattan through a mix of 3 historical sites and 3 cultural experiences.
I am a third-generation Cuban American who's passionate about building community between the people of Cuba and its diaspora. A Miami native, I moved to New York three years ago after graduating college and landing a job on Wall Street. I immediately hated my job, and more and more I found myself wanting to focus on my passion. So, after nearly two years in corporate America, I traded in my blazer for a backpack and began leading cultural experiences in service of my mission to mend the rifts that exist between Cubans and Cuban Americans by providing context and bringing awareness to the situation. My thesis for accomplishing this mission is to leverage the power of cubanidad, the cultural essence of being Cuban, to foster empathy and mutual understanding between Cubans, Cuban Americans, and the Cuban diaspora at large.Read more
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