U.S. and Cubas strained relations are taking a toll on citizens from both countries
Editors note: This article concludes a three-part series.
In part one of this series, which I wrote before I travelled to my parents' native Cuba, I explained what I hoped to learn from my visit. In part two, written after I returned, I explored Hispanic capitalism and propaganda. In this final article, I explore the people of Cuba, as they give me hope for a better tomorrow.
During my trip I was continually reminded that the U.S. and Cuba are more alike than not. The Cuban people want stability and prosperity, just like we do. Both countries are living through turbulent times and the general population has suffered. The opinions on how to shape the future are varied. The people will let you know what they think and opinions are varied.
I met older people, who had been part of the Castro Revolution and still believe the struggle was worth it. Others of the same generation felt it was all for nothing and they find themselves broke as they enter twilight years. They spoke of the regime with disgust and despair. Younger people seemed to fall in two campsthose who want a slow and gradual change and are working towards it, understanding that the Cuban government must make gradual moves towards capitalism and those who see the grass is greener in Miami and other parts of the U.S. and want out. They feel they have no future to offer their children.
About the author
Maria Botta is the founder of FWD-Action, a digital strategy consultancy, working with small to mid sized businesses, helping to lead clients in the convergence of technology, creativity, entertainment. FWD ACTION allows Botta to continue to do what brings her the most professional and personal satisfaction, “Doing great work that truly matters, with integrity, for those clients who are striving to do good works for the world". Botta is the daughter of Cuban exiles, she was born in the US, and raised in Europe and the Caribbean, she holds an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird's prestigious European program in Geneva, Switzerland and an Art History degree from Mt. Holyoke College.Twitter