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CultureShock! Cuba

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CultureShock! Cuba offers an insight into a highly contradictory country, where there are more grey areas than black and white. Here is a balanced account of Cuba's current realities, a useful guide for people who wish to visit or do business in Cuba. Learn from the locals how they survive in Cuba with the little they have. Find out how the importance of public good over individual right has helped take care of every single citizen in the country. More than just providing the practical information to help you settle into Cuba, the authors draw from their personal experiences to give a deeper understanding of the life and culture of these friendly, warm and straight-forward people. CultureShock! Cuba is your ultimate survival guide to this colourful country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Dedication
  9. Map of Cuba
  10. Chapter 1 First Impressions
    1. Cuba is a Country...
    2. The Special Period
    3. Getting to Know Cubans
  11. Chapter 2 History, Geography and Politics
    1. Economics: A History of Independence
    2. The Special Period
    3. Slavery
    4. The First War of Independence
    5. Spanish-American War
    6. Independence
    7. Revolution
    8. Turning Towards the Soviets
    9. Social Reforms
    10. Latin American Support
    11. U.S.-Cuba Conflict
    12. Internal Measures
    13. Freedom of Movement
    14. The Special Period in a Time of Peace
    15. Dramatic Times
    16. Foreign Adventures
    17. Human Rights
    18. Cuba in the Future
    19. Culture and Climate
    20. Geography
    21. Regions West to East
  12. Chapter 3 Cubans
    1. The Old Neighbourhood
    2. African Heritage
    3. Frankness
    4. Machismo
    5. Personal Hygiene
    6. Public Good versus Individual Rights
    7. Sense of Humour
    8. Women
    9. Religion
    10. Stereotypes
    11. Values
  13. Chapter 4 Socialising in Cuba
    1. Strangers in Paradise
    2. Conversations
    3. Soledad
    4. Jesús and Michel
    5. William, Eduardo and Santéria
    6. Giselle
    7. Revisiting Amelia
    8. The Crackdown
    9. Fidel bashing
    10. Renato, Tracking down Elpido Valdéz
    11. Jon and Tony
    12. Community
    13. Social Status
  14. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Housing
    2. Work
    3. Personal Safety
    4. Important Documents
    5. Photography
    6. Tipping
    7. Emotional Contradictions
    8. Customs (What Can I Bring?)
    9. Documents
    10. Medical Care
    11. Medical Tourism
    12. Study Opportunities
    13. Currency
    14. Clothing
    15. Shopping
    16. Media
  15. Chapter 6 Food and Entertaining
    1. Food
    2. Daily Meals
    3. Snacks
    4. Restaurants
    5. Self-catering and Vegetarians
    6. Mojito and Other Drinks
  16. Chapter 7 Culture and Travel
    1. Literary Border Crossing
    2. Arts
    3. Baseball and Other Sports
    4. Chinatown
    5. Festivals
    6. Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Music in Cuba
    7. Transportation
    8. Tours
    9. Tours for People Who Don’t Like Tours
    10. Attractions
    11. U.S. Travel Restrictions
  17. Chapter 8 Communicating in Cuba
    1. Language
    2. Formal and Informal Discourse
    3. Diplomatic Discourse
    4. Popular Expressions
    5. Image
  18. Chapter 9 Doing Business
    1. Corruption?
    2. Doing Business
    3. A Collage of Opinions
    4. The Embargo
    5. A Compendium of Views
    6. Sphere of Influence
    7. Transitions
    8. Organic Agriculture
    9. The Informal Economy
    10. Work Norms and Business Etiquette
  19. Chapter 10 Fast Facts
    1. Icons
    2. Famous People
    3. Acronyms
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Authors
  26. Index