THE EFFECTS OF GLOBALIZATION ON CUBAN LABOR AND BUSINESS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Vargas, David Dario
Hispanic labor and businesses have been key contributors to the US's economic growth over the last 50 years. While there are several Hispanic groups that make up the diverse Hispanic labor force in the US, few groups have been able to create an enclave as strong and influential as that of the Cubans and Cuban-Americans, the majority Hispanic group in South Florida.Hispanic workers have struggled with challenges such as learning the new language and culture and finding employment while trying to incorporate themselves into American society. However, the history of Cuban immigrants has been remarkable for the stark contrast it presents in comparison with many minority Hispanic groups and their paths to assimilation.The Cuban diaspora in South Florida comprises a wide range of backgrounds and embodies great strengths in tackling growing challenges to business, labor, and international relations in the US. The differences in education, class, entrepreneurship, and political environment have molded the evolution of this diaspora and its workers.As the impact of globalization cuts into the US sphere of influence, Miami's majority Cuban and Cuban American population also faces growing external pressures. With the greater presence of South American immigrants and the rise of China in global markets, many fear that Miami's prominence as an international hub may be in jeopardy. However, Miami's position as a global city, buttressed by robust small businesses and strong entrepreneurial spirit will certainly combine to drive the labor market and trade for South Florida and the US.
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