Virtual Panel Discussion | Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Cuba

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Cuba is a multiethnic and multiracial society with a population of mainly Spanish and African origins. Migration has had noticeable effects on the island's demographic history. Cuba imported more than 600,000 African slaves during the nineteenth century. Some 150,000 Chinese contract workers traveled to Cuba between 1847 and 1874. Approximately 785,000 Spaniards and 311,000 immigrants from other Caribbean islands (especially Haiti and Jamaica) arrived in Cuba between 1902 and 1933. Smaller numbers of Jewish and Arab immigrants from several countries settled on the island during the first half of the twentieth century.

This panel discussion will gather experts on various ethnic and racial groups in Cuba to address the following questions: How did ethnic prejudice and racial discrimination shape each group's incorporation into Cuban society? To what extent were immigrants and their descendants from diverse origins able to overcome such hurdles? How did different ethnic and racial groups contribute to the development of contemporary Cuban culture? What is the status of the immigrants' descendants in Cuba today?

The panelists for this discussion will be confirmed at a later date, and the digital link to register for free for this event will be published as well.