La fusión de culturas se hace notar cuando el camarero, en perfecto spanglish, te pregunta: “¿Quieres un healthy cubano?” Pues claro, pienso enseguida, ¿quién no querría eso? Porque, en su traducción básica, la pregunta se referiría a un cubano saludable. Pero no, en este caso, la mezcla de idiomas con las que convivimos nos sugiere que estamos frente a la selección de una versión más saludable de nuestro potente, sabroso y calórico sándwich cubano. Y es que, en Miami, los cubanos hemos sembrado muchas de nuestras raíces y entre ellas plantamos muy profundamente en tierra nuestro idioma.
The Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies is located in the Doheny Memorial Library. It serves as a link for the collections in the University Libraries and the faculty and students in the areas of Iberian, Latin American and Chicano and Latino studies. It includes several reference collections such as books, photographs and historical documents included in the Lorente Cuban and Cuban Exile Studies Collection and the Cuban California Archive.
The festival commemorates Cuba’s independence from Spain on May 2, 1902. It started in 1993 and every year it celebrates Cuban heritage with music, food, and art.
Thousands of Cuban exiles moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and settle in Echo Park. As the communities grew, businesses began to open and so did political and social clubs. Echo Park has served as a place for rallying and demonstrations for the anti-Castro community. In 1976, the city of Los Angeles created the José Martí Plaza or Square in the intersection of Park Avenue and Echo Park Avenue. A bust of José Martí was created by sculptor Sergio López-Mesa and placed in the square. José Martí was a writer and revolutionary, considered a hero by the Cuban community inside and outside the island.