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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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A Chicano's Perspective On Cuba
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Latin America
Armando Gutiérrez
Paul Velez
Aug 11, 1978

A Chicano's Perspective on Cuba

Paul Velez discusses his impressions and observations of Cuba, where he traveled for a Festival of Youths and Students Conference. Velez attended the Festival as a member of Austin’s delegation. The festival offered many cultural presentations, galas and forums, which allowed people from the various delegations throughout the world to meet and talk. He found that Cubans did not resent Americans and in fact particularly welcomed Chicanos, who spoke the same language. In fact, many had heard of the Chicano Movement, in particular of La Raza Unida Party and Jose Angel Gutierrez, who had visited the country earlier. Other delegates where not as aware of the Chicano movement. Yet, he notes that several groups were struggling for the same issues and causes and in similar ways.

Velez observes that Cuban Students are very politically knowledgeable and the country does not seem to harbor much race prejudice, although he notes that homophobia was prevalent. He compares Cuban culture to Mexican and finds them very similar. He also found that women participated fairly equally in the festival. He concludes that the country was very hospitable, offered extensive social services, and he hopes that they can organize cultural exchanges in the future.


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