Curve Baus, Casinos, and Cuban-Amencan Culture
This chapter explains that though Cubans needed North American-made goods, they did not yearn for the U.S. influence that came with them. According to British Foreign Office diplomats, Cuba “lies almost entirely within the United States zone of influence.” Cubans held conflicting opinions of the United States—torn “between trust and suspicion, between esteem and scorn, between a desire to emulate and a need to repudiate.” There was the U.S. Information Service (USIS) in Cuba that became the primary source of information. This USIS worked to counter negative Cuban opinion about the sordid side of North American culture and to build Cuban respect for free enterprise. In the end, the USIS failed to sustain a positive Cuban endorsement of U.S. institutions and preferences, which was meant to support the Batista regime.
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