Interview, Elisabet Butler

October 31, 2020

Elisabet Butler was born in 1972 in Santa Clara, Cuba, and moved to the United States with her family at the age of seven. Her family left Cuba due to her father’s problems with the Cuban government as an anti-communist. They first arrived in Florida and a short time later moved to Rochester, New York, where she was raised and continues to live and work at the time of this interview.

In this interview, Elisabet Butler discusses her childhood in Cuba and its differences with her upbringing in the United States, her family’s reasons for leaving Cuba, and how holiday traditions became important to her. She explains her lack of connection with Cuba today, Americanization, discrimination, and her work in the local community as a bilingual translator. She also discusses how she views her identity, her children’s relationship with her family history, and the importance of the local community to her and her family.

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