Cuban Americans

Dario Moreno

in Latino Studies

ISBN: 9780199913701
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:
Cuban Americans

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Cuban American refers to people of Cuban origins who live in the United States. The term can be applied to recent immigrants from the island as well as fifth-generation native-born Americans of Cuban ancestry. Cuban American studies are focused largely on Cuban exceptionalism. Scholars postulate that the Cuban American community in the United States is unique from other Latino and immigrant groups. The identity of exile combined with Miami’s Cuban economic enclave creates a distinctive immigration experience for Cubans. The idea that Cuban Americans are different from other Latin groups is pervasive throughout the literature. Sociologists argue that Cubans are different from other Latinos on the basis of a variety of socioeconomic indicators. Cubans simply have been more economically successful than any other Latino groups. Political scientists point out that unlike other Latinos, Cuban exiles have become Republicans due to their strong anti-Communist belief. Other political scientists have found that Cuban Americans have unique voting behavior in terms of higher participation and bloc voting. Other writers look at the long history of Cuban migration to the United States, the use of religious symbolism, and Cuban literature and art to understand Cuban American exceptionalism.

Article.  9089 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas ; US Cultural History

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