Knowing the Place for the First Time: A Cuban Exile's Story

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Show simple item record Wyndham, MM Milanes, R 2010-05-28T09:58:07Z 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 2009, 6 (1), pp. 1 - 19
dc.identifier.issn 1449-2490
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Playa Abierta is a modern beach-side resort, one hundred kilometres west of Havana. Developed as a private resort in the 1950s, it was seized by the new revolutionary Cuban government in 1959 after its owner fled precipitately to Miami. This autobiographically centred and personally narrated paper reviews the history of Playa Abierta 1956 2006 through the eyes of a Cuban New Zealander `Marta whose uncle first developed the estate. In 1956 her holidays spent at Playa Abierta as a little girl were her most treasured Cuban moments. `At this altar, she says, `my uncle was the high priest. In 1996 - after a 36-year absence from her native land - she returned for a visit, the only member of her extended family to have done so. Boldly and unannounced she walked through her uncles house by then converted into a military recreational camp. On a subsequent visit, she met with members of her uncles domestic staff whose relationship to that same loved beach was by then of many decades. Whose Playa Abierta was she re-visiting now? Who were the true claimants to that family sacred site? Today as she reflects on the private and public meaning of Playa Abierta, her exultation has given way to more complex feelings. The wonder at re-discovering the beachs beauty was overladen with the guilt of returning to Cuba while still under Castros communist rule. Her sense of belonging was later undermined by a sad realisation that those who had stayed behind were also Playa Abiertas claimants. Above all, she is torn between family loyalties and the promise of a Revolution betrayed.
dc.publisher UTSePress
dc.title Knowing the Place for the First Time: A Cuban Exile's Story
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 6
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 19 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2005 Literary Studies
dc.for 2002 Cultural Studies
dc.personcode 040005
dc.percentage 000100 en_US Latin American History en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Creative Practices and the Cultural Economy
utslib.copyright.status Open Access 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
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