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Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution Paperback – January 15, 2006


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873489780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873489782
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

...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

...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

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An easy read, and you just never know what the next chapter will talk about.
Katherine L.
They have a down-to-earth approach and their reflections include striking examples as well as razor-sharp observations.
David Salner
This is a great oral history book on Cuban history as well as Cuban-Chinese relations.
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The collaborative work of Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui and Moises Sio Wong, Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story Of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals In The Cuban Revolution is the personal testimony of three individuals of Chinese-Cuban ancestry who became involved in the 1956-58 revolutionary war that ended the America-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, with lasting repercussions for socialist revolution in Latin America. 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. An appendix includes two essays by Fidel Castro and one by Nelson Mandela. Most Of Our History Is Still Being Written is told in interview/narrative format, directly from the mouths of the authors; black-and-white photographs offer glimpses of key turning points in Cuban history. A highly personalized yet nonetheless valuable look at the evolution of modern Cuban history and politics.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katherine L. on February 18, 2006
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Full of unexpected and detailed stories about Cuba in the world today...Yugoslavia could have withstood NATO bombings in the 1990s if army officers had used underground tunnels and the system of reserves put in place during World War II to allow the population to sustain itself, one of the Chinese-Cuban generals interviewed in this book says. He explains that Cuba's defense relies on such a system of reserves (not only food but also pencils and paper to keep schools open!): to give the rest of the world time to come to Cuba's aid and organize solidarity in the event of a military attack. So he spearheaded a wildly successful program in Cuba to develop urban agriculture and increase domestic food production. A part of this effort: convincing Cubans to eat veggies...the generals went to Angola to help fight the South African invasion in the 80s, one lost a leg there; one went to Venezuela on the recommendation of the UN to help them develop a food production program like the Cubans'...they all talk about what it was like growing up Chinese under the Batista dictatorship...Who would have guessed that the number of Chinese who moved to Cuba in the mid1800s was roughly the same as the number who moved to the US? An easy read, and you just never know what the next chapter will talk about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A customer on November 13, 2006
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This is a great book for university students in the field of history or Latin American politics. Usually we are accustomed to reading only the interviews of Dr. Fidel Castro but rarely do we get a glimpse of others who did battle as well during the Cuban Revolution--1956-58--and these are the three Cuban-Chinese generals. This is a great oral history book on Cuban history as well as Cuban-Chinese relations. It is fascinating to read what these--highly intelligent--generals have to say about their Cuban Government and its role on international relations. A must have for any University student studying Latin American history and/or politics.
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