Cuba: A Look at it's Social Issues
A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
Name: Natalie Codding
Nation of your choice: Cuba
Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I find the culture very intriguing and the social issues interesting. I do not know much about this country but I think that it would be very exciting to learn about a new place and possibly study there.
Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It has a large variety of ethnicity and culture. I really only know the stereotype of it like pretty beaches and
Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to learn about Cuba from a more political standpoint. The poverty and fights that go on there, and who they belong to now. I know that America cares a lot about it so I'm excited to see what I find out about the ownership of this island
Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): It is one of the least powerful islands because it is so small and poor. No one was allowed to come and visit and no one was allowed to leave but now people are more interested in visiting and knowing more about it because I could potentially go and visit. My sister got to study abroad so I think looking into different places that we are individually interested in could definitely spark that idea.
New York Times Topics: Cuba
#1 They Say, I Say
Student Name: Natalie
Title of article : " Inequality Becomes More Visible in Cuba as the Economy Shifts"
Title of newspaper: New York Times
Essay Author: Randal Archibold
Date of Publication: Feb. 24 2015
Essay main idea/thesis statement: Cuba Inequality
"The Cuban government argues that the shift to more private enterprise, a pillar of its strategy to bolster the flaccid economy, will allow it to focus its social programs on the neediest. As a billboard on a busy road in Havana proclaims, 'The changes in Cuba are for more socialism.'
But many poorer Cubans are frustrated by what they see as the deteriorating welfare state and the advantage that Cubans with access to cash from outside the country have in the new economy."
Comment: In this NYT article by Randal Archibold it explains how Cuba's government structure is more unstable as it becomes less communist. I agree with Ted Hanke, a professor at Baruch University, when he discusses how it is unfair that white people are 2.5 times more likely to receive remittances from relatives outside the country. This is very wrong because now the natives are very poor while others are thriving with their new businesses. All Cuban's should be allowed the same opportunity for success as everyone else .
#2 They Say, I Say
Student Name: Natalie Codding
Title of article : " Inequality in Cuba "
Title of newspaper: New York Times
Essay Author: unknown
Date of Publication: Feb. 27, 2015
Essay main idea/thesis statement: Cuba opening the door and inequality comes in
Quote: "One suggestion Cuba might consider to solve the inequality that capitalism is producing would be a more liberal approach to the alternative of independent worker cooperatives, which effectively compete with the capitalist world in countries like Brazil, Spain, Canada and even the United States.
If, for instance, coffee farmers were permitted to join together into cooperatives that could sell directly abroad, they might see the same success as coffee farmers did in Vietnam when its government allowed independent cooperatives.
There are many groups, like Kiva (which has generated many millions of dollars of investment funds), eager to foster cooperative, socially responsible development."
Comment: In this article I agree with the author when he talks about how the approach of a more liberal aspect could make the economy and nation as a whole more unstable due to the change in how things are organized and people are treated. It is wildly unfair how it is favoring those who can receive money or payments from outside lands.
#3 The Big 5
Title of article: " Inequality Becomes More visible in Cuba "
Title of newspaper : New York Times
Essay Author: Randal Archibold
Date of Publication: Feb 24 2015
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) A man working for New York Times wrote the text in order to inform those about the social issues going on in Cuba. Many do not know about Cuba's social problems because it has been closed off to us for so long and now it is finally more open.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The authors message is talking about how socialism in Cuba is making the country more stable. Natives are having a hard time providing for themselves and other due to the income they receive compared to the average white man.
3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The author uses more of a harsh tone toward those making it harder for Cubans to thrive. He strongly states how unfair of an economy it is right now for them.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) Randal often uses a harsh tone but not so much that it makes you want t stop reading, just enough to get his point across.
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) Archibald is not necessarily harsh when writing this article but the author he strive to get his point across. He interviews many of the natives on their side of the situation and when they are quoted they are much more to the point and blunt then the well worded article.
#4 The Big 5
Title of article (in quotation marks): Amwer
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times
Essay Author: William Neuman
Date of Publication: Feb. 17, 2015
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The purpose of this article is to make people more aware about the medical needs in Cuba and how it affects America.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about how U.S. citizens what to come over to Cuba to use their medical care. The authors message is to get you to disagree with that in order to have a stable government you need to have unfair advantages throughout the economy. Sadly I do not think either way is working very well but they are just trying to stay afloat.
3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The tone of this article is more of an informative piece of writing. Not that the writer has any background at or in Cuba but he definitely sides with those living there pre situation.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)
March 19, 2015
New York Times
62o Eighth Avenue
New York City, United States
Dear Randal C. Archibold:
My name is Natalie Codding and I am a sophomore in high school. I picked your article to read and analyze after choosing Cuba as the country I would like to study. The reason why I am writing to you is because I thoroughly enjoyed your writing about the economic situation in Cuba and I hope for a response.
The article of yours is title “Inequality in Cuba Becomes more Evident as the Economy Shifts” and it is about precisely that. It was very well written and I enjoyed and agree with most of the points you made. The interviews you include were very strong and to the point but not in an aggressive manner.
I would very much love to visit Cuba and hopefully learn much more about their country, Individually and with the United States. It a beautiful land filled with not so beautiful problems and I am intrigued to figure out how to help or make a difference when I visit.
Therefore, the whole purpose I wrote this letter is because I would be more than happy to get a reply from you about your article. It was really well done and it would be amazing to hear back personally from you. Once again I enjoy all the work you do in Central America.