The Cultural Differences Between Cuba and America: An Unbiased Look

With Creole, African, and Spanish influences, today's Cuba is woven with rich cultural rhythms strongly rooted in their traditions. The Cuban colorful surroundings are evident in their dance, food, dress, and music. It is something they so warmly and lovingly share with the many tourists that come to the country each year. Afro-Cuban rhythms infuse the mood of restaurants, clubs, and bars while modern arts are recognized in the form of modern dance and ballet with Havana becoming the home of various internationally acknowledged music, literary, and film festivals. 


On the other hand, America is an immeasurably diverse nation, overflowing with many subcultures and religions that makeup a wide gamut of cultural norms. The diversity makes it elusively difficult to determine what is the actual cultural dynamic of America. Generalizations abound, but ultimately a culture's identity is rooted in the soul of the people. It identifies the beliefs and concepts about life that is inherent, not learned. In spite of this, there are generalizations that create a unified impression of a country's inhabitants. Their feelings, motivations, needs, and acquisitive leanings are what people see and know about them.

For example, the American way of life is seen as monochronic. Meaning that society construes events in sequential order and commitment to engagements and timetables is important. In addition, monochronic views prevail in idiosyncratic, shallow-rooted cultures. For instance, being late or absent without informing the other party is regarded as rude and unbecoming. Cuba is a polychronic culture that views events as taking place in tandem, and rigid obedience to schedules is irrelevant. Being a polychronic culture, the collectivistic view is dominate. The center of attention is on people and implementing dealings rather than loyalty to any particular time schedule. 


The differences between the Cuban and American cultures are unambiguous. Residing in Cuba may mean going without luxuries that many Americans take for granted; nevertheless, the core of happiness is not built on what we accumulate but what we share. Marriages, holidays, and birthdays are celebrated with passion, with distinctive foods like Cuban Flan, a type of custard created in the Cuban flavor and style. Minimal fuss but nonetheless treasured. America celebrates with enthusiasm as well. Birthdays are celebrated with ice cream and cake, while gifts and treats are shared between guests. Some may consider the concept of American celebrations somewhat exaggerated; however, American culture is very much an external affair with the concept of "showing" what happiness is like. In Cuba the idea is to "feel" what happiness is like. One is not superior to the other; even so, they complement each other and are vital in order to express life as we know it. Uniting the two concepts creates a dynamic amalgamation of cultures that fulfills both body and Soul. 


Visitors to Cuba are astonished at their inimitably communicable way of life and culture, not experienced anywhere else in the world. Visitors to America are amazed at their friendliness, positive outlook, and extravagance. Cuba is an island nation poised in the Caribbean Sea with an assorted scope of environments, from gently sloping hills to tropical rainforests and varied animal species, to tobacco plantations, coral reefs, and beaches. America offers the mix of luscious views surrounded by abundant cities and copious ethnicities. Cuban dress entails color, vibrancy, and fabrics that move and pant with the beat of their custom. Americans adapt the dress of their surroundings, the pulsation of their moods, much more for the sensation of the moment.

In conclusion, Cuba has managed to maintain their culture with all the dignity expected from a society with such a rich and meandering history. They are accepted because of their authenticity, and they have endured. America has provided much innovation to the world. The culture is steeped in diversity, freedom, and imaginings. Both cultures offer the world something that is essential; the courage of modernism and the valor to stay true to their roots.

Written by DeddyD