The blog is translated and available in 17 languages. President Barack Obama , wrote that her blog "provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba" and applauded her efforts to "empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology". Her father worked, as his father had before him, on the state railroad system , first as a laborer and later as an engineer. I left high school in the countryside feeling that nothing belonged to me, not even my body. Living in shelters creates the sensation that your whole life, your privacy, your personal possessions and even your nakedness has become public property. She transferred to the Faculty of Arts and Letters in , and gave birth to her son in August of that year.
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Sanchez, Yoani. New York: Melville House Publishing, As a foreign correspondent back in the s, I realized that Marxist Nicaragua's economy had officially flat-lined on the day that a peasant in the countryside who had helped a colleague with a broken-down car asked to be paid not in the cordoba, the country's official currency, but toilet paper.
When you can non-metaphorically say that a country's money is not worth wiping your butt with, it's time to face the fiscal facts. I had a similar economic epiphany about Cuba while reading Havana Real, a compilation of posts by renegade blogger Yoani Sanchez about her communist shipwreck of a country.
She wrote in of chatting with a friend named Xiomara who lives in Pinar del Rio, the tobacco-farming province at the far west end of the island. Four months earlier, Xiomara said, the always-balky distribution lines of Cuba's command economy had reached a new height of glitchiness: shipments of sanitary napkins had ceased to arrive. Though Fidel Castro and his brother Raul have often boasted that they are constructing nothing less than socialism's New Man, they have yet to design New Ladyparts, and Xiomara and her friends were frantically cannibalizing their dwindling supplies of towels and pillowcases to make recyclable feminine pads.
There are those who think that the dismissal of officials, or a merger of ministries, is the road to real change. I feel, however, that the triggering spark of transformation could simply be a group of women tired of washing out, every month, rags for their menstrual cycles" p. If you think blogs offer a useful corrective to the misfocus of the mainstream media in the United States, consider the case of Cuba, where government newspapers that is, all of them were enthusiastically reporting that potato harvests had exceeded their quotas at the time Pinar del Rio's women were reinventing the gynecology of the fourteenth century.
Born in , Sanchez began writing her blog Generation Y in A frustrated philologist her thesis, Words Under Pressure: A Study of the Literature of the Dictatorship in Latin America, pretty much left her unemployable in Cuban academia , she managed to emigrate to Switzerland in but gave up the expatriate life to return to Havana two years later, bringing with her a set of newly honed computer skills.
Because Cuba has no independent newspapers or radio or TV stations, and relentlessly jams the U. Cuban officials have for years referred to Author: Glenn Garvin. Date: Oct. From: Reason Papers Vol. Publisher: Reason Papers. Document Type: Book review. Length: 2, words. Access from your library This is a preview. Get the full text through your school or public library.
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Sanchez, Yoani. New York: Melville House Publishing, As a foreign correspondent back in the s, I realized that Marxist Nicaragua's economy had officially flat-lined on the day that a peasant in the countryside who had helped a colleague with a broken-down car asked to be paid not in the cordoba, the country's official currency, but toilet paper. When you can non-metaphorically say that a country's money is not worth wiping your butt with, it's time to face the fiscal facts. I had a similar economic epiphany about Cuba while reading Havana Real, a compilation of posts by renegade blogger Yoani Sanchez about her communist shipwreck of a country.
Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today
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In Cuba, the Voice of a Blog Generation
Rather, she produces a simple diary about what it means to live under the Castro regime in Cuba: the difficulty of shopping and chronic hunger; the art of repairing ancient appliances; the struggle for real news and the burdens of reading the party newspaper; the fear of admission to hospitals that lack the supplies for basic sterilization; and a life structured by a propaganda machine that pushes deep into the media, the public square, and the schools. Each sensitive dispatch is a brutal and honest depiction of Cuban life today. For these simple acts of truth telling--which are published online at Generation Y, and collected here in Englishfor the first time--Sanchez is treated as a domestic radical: she is summoned by the police; her friends are threatened; she was recently kidnapped and beaten. The state newspaper has gone so far to call her "a spy in the pay of capitalism. Here the situation is elegantly expressed from the perspective of important and compelling new voice, onethat has already found a worldwide audience online" Two years later, she decided to return to Cuba but promised herself she would live there as a free person and started her blog, Generation Y , upon her return. She lives with her husband, independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, and their son in a high-rise apartment in Havana overlooking Revolution Square.