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This open closure makes me especially hopeful. In the process of building bridges and creating new nodes of knowledge about Cuban lives in the world, we would greatly benefit from thinking positively and acting constructively. What has become clear over the past seventeen years is that Cubans are not bound to political binary oppositions that respond to struggles played out between Cuba and the United States or that are built upon nostalgic memories of an idyllic pre-Castro past. Cubans live in many countries, have different and changing political views, and write literature that reflects these forceful international cultural experiences.
Berg emphasizes that they tend to “not nationalize their memories” (24); instead, they remember their Cuba in terms of friends and family. In her presentation, the three waves of migration do not create a single Cuban diasporic community; instead, each claims and remembers a different Cuba, from a different personal and economic vantage point, in a host nation that has also witnessed major political and economic transitions over the course of the past fifty years. Tracing a similar pattern to that of Pedraza and Berg, Holly Ackerman categorizes Cuban waves to Venezuela in terms of the “Foundational Groups” 12 LUCÍA M.
Suzanne Oboler, “History on the Move . . Revisiting The Suffering of the Immigrants from the Latino/a Perspective,” Qualitative Sociology, v. 29, n. 1 (Spring 2006), p. 125. See also, Jorge Duany, The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move: Identities on the Island and in the United States (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002). 9. Isabel Álvarez Borland, Cuban-American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1998), p. 49. 10.