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Un capiacute;tulo en la croacute;nica de la Revolucioacute;n Cubana, seguacute;n la narran los que estuvieron en las primeras filas de esa epopeya que continuacute;a.PArmando Choy, Gustavo Chui y Moiseacute;s Siacute;o Wong hablan sobre el papel histoacute;rico de la inmigracioacute;n china a Cuba, y sobre maacute;s de cinco deacute;cadas de accioacute;n revolucionaria e i Un capiacute;tulo en la croacute;nica de la Revolucioacute;n Cubana, seguacute;n la narran los que estuvieron en las primeras filas de esa epopeya que continuacute;a.PArmando Choy, Gustavo Chui y Moiseacute;s Siacute;o Wong hablan sobre el papel histoacute;rico de la inmigracioacute;n china a Cuba, y sobre maacute;s de cinco deacute;cadas de accioacute;n revolucionaria e internacionalismo, desde Cuba hasta Angola, Nicaragua y hoy Venezuela. A traveacute;s de sus historias vemos las fuerzas sociales y poliacute;ticas que dieron origen a la nacioacute;n cubana y que abrieron las puertas a la revolucioacute;n socialista en Ameacute;rica. Vemos coacute;mo millones de hombres y mujeres sencillos como ellos cambiaron el curso de la historia, convirtieacute;ndose en este proceso en seres humanos diferentes.P"Este es el tipo de libros por los que los historiadores siempre abrigan esperanzas, pero que muy rara vez llegan a ver la luz del diacute;a. No se puede recalcar lo suficiente el valor que tienen tanto para el lector comuacute;n como para el catedraacute;tico, por varias razones, siendo la maacute;s importante el proceso histoacute;rico de reconectar a Cuba con Aacute;frica en momentos en que tal reenlace continuacute;a siendo fuertemente desalentado por quienes detentan el poder. . . . De forma mesurada, casi humilde, estos dos libros se pueden considerar como elogio colectivo de lo que Cuba ha logrado hacer, no solo por paiacute;ses africanos especiacute;ficos, sino por la mayoriacute;a de la humanidad que resiste a los ataques implacables del sistema capitalista."-Jacques Depelchin, escribiendo en African Studies Review sobre Nuestra historiaauacute;n se estaacute; escribiendo y From the Escambray to the Congo. Haga clic aquiacute; para leer el comentario completo.PApeacute;ndice, Fotografiacute;as, Glosario, Iacute;ndice, Introduccioacute;n


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Un capiacute;tulo en la croacute;nica de la Revolucioacute;n Cubana, seguacute;n la narran los que estuvieron en las primeras filas de esa epopeya que continuacute;a.PArmando Choy, Gustavo Chui y Moiseacute;s Siacute;o Wong hablan sobre el papel histoacute;rico de la inmigracioacute;n china a Cuba, y sobre maacute;s de cinco deacute;cadas de accioacute;n revolucionaria e i Un capiacute;tulo en la croacute;nica de la Revolucioacute;n Cubana, seguacute;n la narran los que estuvieron en las primeras filas de esa epopeya que continuacute;a.PArmando Choy, Gustavo Chui y Moiseacute;s Siacute;o Wong hablan sobre el papel histoacute;rico de la inmigracioacute;n china a Cuba, y sobre maacute;s de cinco deacute;cadas de accioacute;n revolucionaria e internacionalismo, desde Cuba hasta Angola, Nicaragua y hoy Venezuela. A traveacute;s de sus historias vemos las fuerzas sociales y poliacute;ticas que dieron origen a la nacioacute;n cubana y que abrieron las puertas a la revolucioacute;n socialista en Ameacute;rica. Vemos coacute;mo millones de hombres y mujeres sencillos como ellos cambiaron el curso de la historia, convirtieacute;ndose en este proceso en seres humanos diferentes.P"Este es el tipo de libros por los que los historiadores siempre abrigan esperanzas, pero que muy rara vez llegan a ver la luz del diacute;a. No se puede recalcar lo suficiente el valor que tienen tanto para el lector comuacute;n como para el catedraacute;tico, por varias razones, siendo la maacute;s importante el proceso histoacute;rico de reconectar a Cuba con Aacute;frica en momentos en que tal reenlace continuacute;a siendo fuertemente desalentado por quienes detentan el poder. . . . De forma mesurada, casi humilde, estos dos libros se pueden considerar como elogio colectivo de lo que Cuba ha logrado hacer, no solo por paiacute;ses africanos especiacute;ficos, sino por la mayoriacute;a de la humanidad que resiste a los ataques implacables del sistema capitalista."-Jacques Depelchin, escribiendo en African Studies Review sobre Nuestra historiaauacute;n se estaacute; escribiendo y From the Escambray to the Congo. Haga clic aquiacute; para leer el comentario completo.PApeacute;ndice, Fotografiacute;as, Glosario, Iacute;ndice, Introduccioacute;n

42 review for Nuestra historia aun se esta escribiendo: La historia de tres generales Cubano-Chinos en la Revolucion Cubana

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    “Enriches our understanding of the contribution the Chinese made to [Cuba's:] revolution.”—China Quarterly "....“These books are the kind of books historians are always hoping for, but that very rarely see the light of day. Their value for average readers and for scholars cannot be overstressed, for several reasons, the most important being the historical process of reconnecting Cuba and Africa at a time when such reconnecting continues to be fiercely discouraged by the powers-that-be…. In a subd “Enriches our understanding of the contribution the Chinese made to [Cuba's:] revolution.”—China Quarterly "....“These books are the kind of books historians are always hoping for, but that very rarely see the light of day. Their value for average readers and for scholars cannot be overstressed, for several reasons, the most important being the historical process of reconnecting Cuba and Africa at a time when such reconnecting continues to be fiercely discouraged by the powers-that-be…. In a subdued, almost humble, way, these books can be seen as collective praise for what Cuba has been able to do, not just for specific African countries, but for the majority of humanity resisting the unrelenting assaults of the capitalist system” —Jacques Depelchin writing in African Studies Review on "Our History Is Still Being Written" and From the Escambray to the Congo. This wonderful book on how institutionalized discrimination against Chinese ended in Cuba as a result of the Cuban Revolution has been reviewed by over 13 newspapers, magazine and journals: Here are some of the recent reviews of "Our History Is Still Being Written": “Memoirs, autobiographies, interviews of “regular people” who find themselves immersed in historic times bring that history to life as no author can. This is why the new book Our History Is Still Being Written has such an important role to play in modern Chinese history.”—Asian Fortune, as reported in New America Media. Click here for the complete review. “This is a story about resettlement, revolution and reform of the Chinese in Cuba, “a story largely unknown outside Cuba” (p. 3), and a story of the Cuban people. The three story-tellers, whose ancestors migrated to and settled in Cuba in early times, took part in the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro, became important leaders in the revolution and are now engaged in the important reform and transformation of Cuban society.” “More importantly, this is a history of the evolution of Cuba from a dictatorship to a socialist country as told by the Chinese Cubans from their perspective. It is a history about the ordinary people, their suffering, their struggle, their revolution and creation.”—Journal of Chinese Overseas. “Their stories cover not only the excitement of fifty years ago, but also the years since up to the modern day from problems with food shortages to postmodern wars of ideas. … told in interview/narrative format, directly from the mouths of the authors.… A highly personalized yet nonetheless valuable look at the evolution of modern Cuban history and politics.”—Midwest Book Review, March 2006 “… a must for anyone interested in the Cuba’s history, national identity, ethnicity and politics; and for any library used by students of Cuban revolution.”—University of Nottingham, Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies “Mary Alice Waters has been a noted advocate of the Cuban Revolution, assiduously compiling and translating the works of its leadership.… In Our History Is Still Being Written, she provides further historical resources, offering original perspectives on and from the Chinese-Cuban community.… Maps, photos, images, tables, and a glossary complete this historical resource.”— Multicultural Review. “Cuba Shows Socialist Revolution Is Possible” from the Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka’s largest English-language newspaper. “The story of Chinese immigrants to Cuba who participated in the revolution of 1956–1958; with insiders’ perspectives on five decades of life in the turbulent nation.”—Titles worth noting in ForeWord Magazine “For look inside the extraordinary institution that is the Cuban armed forces, this book is essential reading.”—Journal of Latin American Studies “Enriches our understanding of the contribution the Chinese made to [Cuba's:] revolution.”—China Quarterly “I did not know that there were Chinese-Cuban generals who were, and still are, active in Cuba. Did you? … Now in their 70s, the authors write about the past, the present and the future of Cuba from the viewpoint of their personal experiences in the making of Cuba’s history over the past 50 years.… [A:] fascinating and informative book.”—Passages, Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Quebec) “[The authors:] are living history texts…. [U:]seful to researchers interested in an insider’s perspective on how Chinese Cubans have made a place for themselves and for their view of the history that they have helped to make.”—Journal of Third World Studies

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    A brief but very interesting book. This book consists of a series of interviews with three Cuban generals of Chinese descent. The generals discuss their lives, their upbringing and social struggles, their revolutionary experiences their military experiences, and how they are still active in the revolution. For readers who may not be too familiar with the socialist notion of revolution, the revolution is an ongoing process. A professor once explained it to one of my classes as "there is the big R A brief but very interesting book. This book consists of a series of interviews with three Cuban generals of Chinese descent. The generals discuss their lives, their upbringing and social struggles, their revolutionary experiences their military experiences, and how they are still active in the revolution. For readers who may not be too familiar with the socialist notion of revolution, the revolution is an ongoing process. A professor once explained it to one of my classes as "there is the big R revolution" (that is the one you usually think of, with guns and armies, so on. Like the American Revolution or in Cuba the revolution to topple Batista) and then there is "the small r revolution" (this is the ongoing process of building and maintaining the society after the big R revolution). When the generals speak of the revolution, they mean that "small r" revolution. Unlike other history books about Cuba, I liked this one because it takes a unique angle. It looks not only at people who were active participants in history but also at people with a pretty unique ethnicity for the region. Chinese immigrants were brought to Cuba (and a few other Caribbean islands) to do work in the sugar cane fields and other manual labor though sugar was the main work. They came as indentured servants and most usually stayed on the island. They often stayed because they could not afford their passage back to China, but a good number also stayed out of choice. These Chinese immigrants created communities, set up their own small businesses, thrived, and they eventually were mainstreamed into Cuban society. Ok, mainstreamed may not be the best term; some may choose "assimilated," but the point is that they were fairly integrated into Cuban society. If you ask the generals in the book, they see themselves as Cubans first who just so happen to have Chinese descent. This would be very different than a lot of Ethnic-Americans in the U.S. who often still see themselves as being from whatever place they came from first. Anyhow, this does not necessarily mean that the process of assimilation was smooth or easy. Prior to the Revolution, they faced racism and discrimination, and this is part of their story. Personally, their stories of youth were one of the most interesting parts of the book for me. Keep in mind that once Fidel took power, one of the first acts was to institute anti-racism legislation and measures, which benefited not only those of Chinese descent but other minority groups. The generals played an active role in the Cuban campaign in Angola, so that gets some good coverage in the book. Most American readers may think this was just some Cuban adventurism, but when you read the accounts here you can learn it is not as simple as that. They discuss why they felt it was an obligation to go (requested by the local government of the time; because of an internationalist spirit; as a legacy or to meet the debt of those from other nations who fought for Cuban independence, so on). From there, we move to what is known in Cuba as the Special Period, and the book ends at about 2005 or so. You also get some discussion of Cuba sending medical teams to Venezuela and around the world as well. A strength of this book is that it brings the generals to life; they are not just some mythical figures or just some generals. These were young boys that grew up, joined the revolutionary movement for various reasons (they each had different backgrounds), and then remained active in their society both in the military and after. The conversations are short, and they are fairly easy to read. They do come across as fairly warm individuals. For American (read U.S.) readers, they may or not like the book. I am thinking an objection right away is that, well, it is a book looking at communists. Yes, they are communists who embrace the socialist movement and ideals. Much of their discussion does integrate socialist ideas and concepts. Much of their argument, when asked, is that the things they accomplished or that Cuba has accomplished (and even those who hate Fidel and Cuba have to give them credit for various accomplishments) would not have been possible had it not been for the revolution. I would say to those readers to read the book anyways. There are a few lessons to learn plus you get a pretty good picture of Cuban society in the 20th and early 21st centuries. Furthermore, you will get a bit of a history lesson (there are some discussions of colonial history for instance, the relationship of the nation to the Soviet Union, which was not always in lockstep, so on). I read the book in Spanish, but it is available in English. Finally, the book features an appendix with two speech excerpts by Fidel Castro and one by Nelson Mandela highlighting the Angolan mission. Mandela is particularly praising the Cuban forces, who have a special place in the heart of a good number of African nations, in part because their mission did lead to the eventual independence of Namibia.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LonewolfMX Luna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just finished reading this book on Cuba, which talks about the stories of three Generals in the Cuban Revolutionary Army who are of Chinese Decent Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui, and Moises Sio Wong. Would tell their story of how life was like in Pre-Revolutionary Cuba which was rife with poverty, corruption, exploitation, and racism. They would go on to tell about the History of immigration to Cuba from China in the mid 19th Century as indentured servants for the Spanish Colonial Regime before th I just finished reading this book on Cuba, which talks about the stories of three Generals in the Cuban Revolutionary Army who are of Chinese Decent Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui, and Moises Sio Wong. Would tell their story of how life was like in Pre-Revolutionary Cuba which was rife with poverty, corruption, exploitation, and racism. They would go on to tell about the History of immigration to Cuba from China in the mid 19th Century as indentured servants for the Spanish Colonial Regime before the Wars of Independence broke out in which many Chinese and Chinese-Cubans helped fight the wars of Independence which finally toppled Spain from Cuba, but the U.S. would come in and take it's place. The Generals would then tell about how they each joined with Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement in which through their contributions helped overthrow the U.S. backed Batista Dictatorship in Jan 1st 1959 and from there would help Cuba in it's transition from Capitalism to Socialism. The Generals would also talk about the Cuban-Angolan War in which they sided with the Revolutionary Angolan Government against the Right wing forces of Zaire, UNITA, and Apartheid South Africa, the later whom had superior firepower and technology nonetheless suffered a crushing defeat in Cuito Cunavale, Angola by the combined forces of Cuban-Angolan forces in which the South African Colossus was broken bringing about the end of Apartheid in South Africa, Independence of Nambia, and sovereignty for the People's Republic of Angola. Finally the Generals would talk about their projects such as cleaning up Havana Bay to Organic Urban Farming, as well as participation in Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Rivera

    This book helped me understand the ways in which Cuba implemented their socialist programs before and after the fall of the Soviet Union. It’s been so difficult to find this info on the internet without a slanderous, western perspective. This book is the first to allow me to thoroughly understand the logistical, administrative efforts to implement socialist programs which most would consider boring and easily overlook. It was a great read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miaomiao Li

    Interesting topic but very colored opinions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is an interesting look into the lives of Chinese-Cuban generals who were involved in the Cuban Revolution and other initiatives of the current government. The book, thankfully, isn't bogged down by academic terms, but instead fairly colloquial yet informative, peppered with numbers. I like the design of the book too -- lots of helpful pictures and maps. As far as I can tell, their retelling of the history of the Chinese in Cuba generally lines up with the academic material I've read so far. This is an interesting look into the lives of Chinese-Cuban generals who were involved in the Cuban Revolution and other initiatives of the current government. The book, thankfully, isn't bogged down by academic terms, but instead fairly colloquial yet informative, peppered with numbers. I like the design of the book too -- lots of helpful pictures and maps. As far as I can tell, their retelling of the history of the Chinese in Cuba generally lines up with the academic material I've read so far. Moisés Sio Wong in particular knows a lot about it. (I can't comment about the Special Period or the Angola conflicts.) It is, however, very opinionated and colored by the fact that this book was written and published by a group of Marxists and by Cubans supportive of the Castro regime (duh). My dad, who is Chinese-Cuban himself, rolled his eyes at some of their anecdotes. Take their word with a grain of salt.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    It was great to learn about the Chinese-Cuban who were involved in the revolution. It is truly a fascinating story of three Cuban revolutionaries of Chinese descend to speak about socialism and loyalty. There is also a lot of great information about the Cuban urban garden revolution, probably the most successfully, sustainable agricultural project in modern days. There are parts of the book which makes it seem like a commie piece of propaganda, but these three revolutionaries were the ones who he It was great to learn about the Chinese-Cuban who were involved in the revolution. It is truly a fascinating story of three Cuban revolutionaries of Chinese descend to speak about socialism and loyalty. There is also a lot of great information about the Cuban urban garden revolution, probably the most successfully, sustainable agricultural project in modern days. There are parts of the book which makes it seem like a commie piece of propaganda, but these three revolutionaries were the ones who helped spark the revolution and are still active participates of the fight against neo-liberalism and imperialism of the west and this is their first hand experience in trying to survive through the collapse of the Soviet Union and the trade embargo.

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