By Richard Worth
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After receiving her degree from Barnard College in New York City, Garcia became a newspaper writer. She worked parttime for The New York Times and later as a reporter for the Knoxville Journal in Tennessee. Eventually she went to work for Time magazine before becoming a novelist. During the early 1990s, Garcia published a widely praised novel titled Dreaming in Cuban. Author Oscar Hijuelos was born in 1951 in New York City, where his father worked in a local hotel. After graduating from the City University of New York in 1975, Hijuelos supported himself with a job in advertising 1970 S TO 52 1980 S and wrote fiction after work.
Life, he added, is “a delicate balancing act between two countries, two cultures, two languages,” as quoted in Alex Antón and Roger Hernández’s book Cubans in America. Firmat was born in the Cuban capital of Havana, but he was raised in Miami, Florida. Firmat’s family was among more than 200,000 Cubans who left the island after Fidel Castro took over the government in 1959 and established a communist dictatorship. El exilio—the exiles—established themselves primarily in Miami and Hialeah, Florida, because the cities were located near Cuba.
Sweatshops employ illegal immigrants at very low wages to sew clothing that is sold to retail shops. For one hundred dollars, a woman taught Jesus and his roommates how to sew. “Sewing is the one kind of work that is pretty well guaranteed,” Jesus said, according to author Robert Suro. “Anyone who wants it can get it as long as you know how to run the machines. The important thing is to get [a job on] a machine, and then once you’ve got a machine you have to be ready to be patient. . “ Eventually a foreman would bring clothing to be sewed by the machine operators.