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  • CRI Director Receives Research Grant from the National Park Service | Cuban Research Institute
    2013 CRI Director Receives Research Grant from the National Park Service CRI Director Receives Research Grant from the National Park Service Tuesday September 3 2013 Dr Jorge Duany will lead a research team to identify document and assess ethnographic resources within or near the San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico The National Park Service defines ethnographic resources as any natural resources or places having cultural importance including any landscape or natural feature linked by a subject ethnic community to the traditional practices values beliefs history or ethnic identity of that community The San Juan National Historic Site includes Castillo San Cristóbal Castillo San Felipe del Morro Fortín San Juan de la Cruz known locally as El Cañuelo and three fourths of the city walls Dr Duany will direct this study with the assistance of two recent Ph D s in anthropology and two research assistants Following National Park Service guidelines the research team will review summarize and evaluate existing information derived from published and unpublished sources supplemented by ethnographic interviews with knowledgeable members of associated groups The purpose of this study is to document the ongoing relationships between associated communities such as long term residents neighbors religious groups

    Original URL path: http://cri.fiu.edu/news/2013/cri-director-receives-research-grant/ (2014-11-05)
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  • University Sociolinguist Debunks Miami English Stereotypes | Cuban Research Institute
    a recent interview with FIU News One important characteristic of Miami English is its vocabulary which is greatly influenced by Spanish Words like oye dale mami and chonga are commonly heard around many parts of Miami on any given day Phrases such as pero like pobrecito and ah bueno are also frequently used However these words and phrases are not used exclusively by Latinos Many non Latinos find themselves speaking Miami English and using some Spanish words in their everyday activities Dale is trademark Miami said Alex Simeonov a business major from Bulgaria who has been living in Miami for many years Simeonov also explained how he has had to learn some Spanish in order to get by in Miami When I buy food I have to use Spanish words like empanada arepa and croqueta Another main aspect that makes Miami English unique is its vocalic system and the use of certain consonants According to Carter in English there are about 11 to 14 different vocalic pronunciations whereas in Spanish there are only five so many people in Miami tend to use a variation of the Spanish system which is simpler Additionally consonants like the letters L R and S are pronounced a little different sometimes Despite the fact that for most speakers this influence is ultimately very light it can be extremely salient for English speakers unfamiliar with the dialect said Carter Angela Torres a senior majoring in nutrition and dietetics thinks that people in other parts of the country could probably notice she is from Miami By the way I say things and conjugate things said Torres We in Miami also don t like beating around the bush Popular videos on Youtube like Sh t Miami Girls Say have also popularized certain phrases and words which are common

    Original URL path: http://cri.fiu.edu/news/2013/university-sociolinguist-debunks-miami-english-stereotypes/ (2014-11-05)
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  • CRI in the News: Cuba to End Dual-Currency System | Cuban Research Institute
    2013 By Richard Fausset Los Angeles Times October 22 2013 MEXICO CITY Cuba announced Tuesday that it would move toward ending a two tier national currency system widely criticized for creating a privileged class with access to a special peso The notice published in Granma the official Communist Party newspaper was not unexpected President Raul Castro had announced his support for such a plan in July But the announcement Tuesday was short on details about how the country s leadership plans to unify the regular peso which is worth pennies on the U S dollar and the convertible peso or CUC which is pegged to the dollar The dual currency system began in 1994 as Cuba opened to tourism to raise money after the collapse of the Soviet Union but it generated resentment because most Cubans were paid in the less valuable peso The convertible peso is used by tourists and Cubans who deal with them via services such as hotels and taxis and at stores that do not accept the regular peso The problem is that most of the good things that Cubans want to have can t be bought with the regular Cuban peso Jorge Duany director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University said in a phone interview Tuesday It s very unpopular Cubans everywhere on the island complain bitterly about the lack of access to certain stores that only sell items based on the convertible peso Philip Peters president of the Cuba Research Center noted on his blog that though the economic effect of the announcement was difficult to determine the country has a lot to gain by ending the dual system It creates two tiers of wage earners and distorts incentives in the labor market Peters wrote In Cuban businesses it creates an

    Original URL path: http://cri.fiu.edu/news/2013/cuba-to-end-dual-currency/ (2014-11-05)
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  • Oscar Hijuelos Dies | Cuban Research Institute
    ver en que documenta los riesgos y recompensas de la inmigración Sus novelas nos dicen los inmigrantes que ganamos perdiendo o que perdemos ganando Hay en su obra un gran amor hacia la cultura cubana a la vez que un doloroso reconocimiento que esa cultura es a la larga insostenible en los Estados Unidos comentó el autor y poeta cubano americano Gustavo Pérez Firmat Es insostenible debido a la inevitable asimilación A la larga pagamos un precio por la adaptación a la cultura norteamericana y de eso escribió Hijuelos dijo Pérez Firmat También representa una transición un cambio de enfoque desde la experiencia cubana en Cuba a la experiencia cubana en Estados Unidos El representa toda una generación de escritores cubanos americanos incluyendo a Cristina García o a Roberto Fernández de esa generación que emprenden ese camino de hablar de la experiencia del cubano como inmigrante con todo eso que requiere en adaptación a un nuevo medio a un nuevo idioma y a una cultura distinta dijo Jorge Duany profesor de Antropología y Director del Instituto de Investigaciones Cubanas de la Universidad Internacional de Florida Sus personajes no eran necesariamente los recién llegados al país sino más bien aquellos que enfrentaban los desafíos que suponen la asimilación a una nueva cultura y la absorción de una cultura americana que muchas veces puede ser apabullante mientras que intentaban conservar su identidad nacional y étnica The Mambo Kings su obra más conocida cuenta la historia de Cesar y Néstor Castillo dos hermanos músicos cuya banda the Mambo Kings alcanza un breve período de fama y en un momento dado de hecho en el momento cúspide de su fama antes de que ésta empezara a desvanecerse incluso aparecen en el programa de comedia televisada I Love Lucy Yo amo a Lucy protagonizado por

    Original URL path: http://cri.fiu.edu/news/2013/oscar-hijuelos-dies/ (2014-11-05)
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  • García Supports US Testing of Cuban Diabetes Drug | Cuban Research Institute
    the drug s entrance into the U S market isn t about politics but potentially saving lives I m all for the embargo he said I m all for being against the Cuban regime But what I m not for is people suffering if they don t need to Certainly not Americans The Miami Herald first reported García s stance on the diabetes treatment Garcia said chronic diabetes runs throughout his family and recalled how his grandfather a gardener who suffered from the disease constantly worried about getting cuts on his hands and feet According to the National Institutes of Health diabetics are at an increased risk of developing foot sores that can take months to heal and often result in hospital stays According to the Cuban institute that developed the drug Heberprot P has been registered in 15 other countries treating more than 100 000 patients The medication contains recombinant human epidermal growth factor to accelerate the healing of deep and complex ulcers An article published in the Cuban newspaper Juventud Rebelde earlier this year stated that nations including Russia Brazil and China were in the process of applying to use Heberprot P in their hospitals The story quoted a lawyer affiliated with the research center stating the drug had helped more than 200 000 people in Cuba Recently former Republican New Hampshire Gov John Sununu and former Massachusetts U S Rep Bill Delahunt a Democrat who now lobbies for Healiance Pharmaceutical spoke with García about drug trials for the Cuban medication in the U S After their meetings García joined other representatives in supporting a draft letter circulating in Congress requesting the U S Treasury Department grant authorization if a U S company seeks a license to conduct clinical trials of the drug The lack of access to

    Original URL path: http://cri.fiu.edu/news/2013/garcia-supports-us-testing-of-cuban-diabetes-drug/ (2014-11-05)
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  • CRI in the News: Reconciliation among Cubans Is Necessary, Will Be Difficult | Cuban Research Institute
    now this is a completely different community said Marifeli Pérez Stable a top Cuba analyst at Florida International University But reconciliation is not easy warned both Dieter Dettke a professor at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University and Günter Nooke a dissident in the GDR and later human rights commissioner in reunified Germany True rapprochement requires both forgiveness and justice but not revenge said Dettke noting that after the GDR s collapse 246 of its top officials were indicted for various abuses About half of them were found not guilty he added For reconciliation you need to have a sinner who regrets said Nooke who also noted that the German government had agreed after reunification to pay reparations to the victims of the GDR s notoriously harsh security apparatus the STASI Economic engagement across the political divide is also needed Nooke and Dettke argued because the German case showed it helped to avoid backing the GDR into a corner Germany even supported the GDR s entry to the European Union s non tariff agreements Isolation and embargo can cement the situation in place said Dettke But the engagement must benefit ordinary people and not just elites said Nooke Much of the pre 1989 trade between East and West Germany was carried out by GDR state enterprises controlled by the communist party officially called the Socialist Unity Party of Germany What s more those who favor engagement must never surrender core values such as democracy just to maintain good relations with the other side Dettke added Churches have a duty to provide a roof for government opponents Nooke said adding that in the GDR Lutheran pastors made available spaces where non government groups he describes as niche societies could gather unmolested by the STASI Restitution of

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  • CRI in the News: Picking Up the Beat with Cuban Scholar | Cuban Research Institute
    but a scholarly break down of politics in Cuba Nora Gámez Torres a Cuban scholar will be discussing how music has become a crucial form of politics and social contestation for Cubans Oct 10 at 9 30 a m This lecture is a project that will be transferred into the book Living in Transition The Politics of Popular Music in Contemporary Cuba which analyzes popular music and its relationship with social and political changes in present day Cuba In this presentation Gámez Torres will describe the cultural public sphere through which music in Cuba has given the public a way of untraditional communication a method to express their criticism and feelings on political issues such as race class gender and Cuba s strict control over the people With the help of Jorge Duany the director of Cuban Research Institute Gámez Torres aims to reach out to Miami to share her account of Cuban musicians rebelling taking a stand and displaying political criticism through music in a country known for its censorship Because there is such a presence of state government and control of the media then it becomes very interesting that these newer popular musical expressions are able to channel these ideas in public Duany said The Cuban Research Institute has embodied a passionate mission to ensure advancement in Cuban American cultures and ideas that allow an understanding of the lives of people surrounding the University especially here in Miami where it is only 228 miles away from Cuba In doing so they have facilitated a variety of lectures that reach out to a younger population mostly second and third generation Cuban Americans that usually are not included in discussions about Cuban politics The recently inaugurated Cuban American Student Organization s Vice President Cecilia Sánchez agreed We are all working

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  • New Edited Volume on the Cuban Diaspora | Cuban Research Institute
    Calzada Refrán de Atlantis Atlantis Refrain 1999 In early 2014 the Spanish press Aduana Vieja will publish Un pueblo disperso Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana A Dispersed People Social and Cultural Dimensions of the Cuban Diaspora a selection of the papers presented at the Ninth Conference on Cuban and Cuban American Studies sponsored by FIU s Cuban Research Institute on May 23 25 2013 CRI Director Jorge Duany is the editor of the volume The main theme of the call for papers for the conference was Dispersed Peoples The Cuban and Other Diasporas with the intention of promoting comparisons between the Cuban experience and that of other countries Because of space limitations the collection will be limited to the Cuban case It includes 25 chapters aside from Duany s introductory essay on subjects ranging from Cuban and Cuban American politics and economy to literature and music to art and film The collection features essays by well known experts in Cuban and Cuban American studies such as Cristóbal Díaz Ayala Alejandro Portes Gustavo Pérez Firmat Ruth Behar Eliana Rivero and Isabel Alvarez Borland as well as many younger scholars The authors represent diverse disciplines of the humanities and

    Original URL path: http://cri.fiu.edu/news/2013/conference-edited-volume/ (2014-11-05)
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