A Cuban Refugee’s Journey To The American …

A Cuban Refugee’s Journey To The American Dream: The Power Of Education (neatly House Books)

In February 1962, 3 years into Fidel Castros rule in their Cuban native land, the Gonzlez familyan auto mechanic, his spouse, and two younger childrenlanded in Miami with a couple of private possessions and two bottles of Cuban rum. As his oldsters struggled to search out paintings, eleven-year-old Gerardo struggled to slot in in class, the place a trainer intimidated him and faculty government positioned him on a vocational observe. Inspired by means of an in depth good friend, Gerardo determined to visit school. He no longer best graduated however, with exhausting paintings and resolution, positioned himself on a trail via upper schooling that introduced him to a deanship on the Indiana University School of Education. In this deeply shifting memoir, Gonzlez recounts his exceptional private {and professional} adventure. The memoir starts with Gerardos early life in Cuba and recounts the familys emigration to the United States and struggles to search out paintings and assimilate, and Gonzlez’s upward observe via upper schooling. It demonstrates the transformative energy that get admission to to schooling will have on one individuals existence. Gerardos adventure got here complete circle when he returned to Cuba fifty years after he left, not the scared, disheartened refugee however quite proud, trained, and made up our minds to talk out towards those that wanted to silence others. It contains valuable images and paperwork from Gonzlezs existence in Cuba and america. His is the tale of 1 immigrant achieving the American Dream, instructed at a time when the destiny of hundreds of thousands of refugees all over the sector, and Hispanics within the United States, particularly his fellow Cubans, hasn’t ever been extra unsure. Enjoy Subscribe