The book Make Your Home among Strangers is an interesting and telling story about the Cuban experiences in American and more specifically a first generation Cuban attending a predominantly white and wealthy college. The heart of this work lies with the main character, Lizaet dealing with internal and external struggles with her own identity and her life.
Internally she struggles with her own identity of being Cuban in a predominantly white college and therefore she feels out of place and to an extent feel as if she betrayed her family going to Rawlings. As at college she is treated as the “token” cuban and is tired of the distitigon benign require to be the authority of matters cuban. This caused an issue as she may not want to be cuban any more.
Externally her struggles are the manifestation of internal and family issues. This is shown by her academic performance and how in the first semester at college, she does not perform well. This is due to the pressure and stressors that exist in her life as being a fish out of water in a sense. I think it boils down to a respect idea, as she did not receive the same amount of respect from her classmates as the rest of the students there. This is proved by how her second semester goes with having her biology professor treat her well and offer her an internship. At that point, she did receive the respect that she wished as being an equal to the rest of her classmates. Make Your Home Among Strangers tells a story that has probability played out in the real world thousands of times, but this provides the internal experience for someone trying to exist in modern US society.
As for the book burnings in Georgetown, to be honest I believe that it is blown out of proportion. From the CNN article that was shown in class and where the story was reported it compares the burning of a handful of books in an outside grill to the mass book burning during 1933 by the Nazis which is absurd. I believe it is an isolated case possibly even related to the required reading and some irate students. As the main discontent of the situation by a student that questioned the credibility of the Crucet as being able to write and the struggles in her book. This an insulated case that is not indicative of a larger theme of anti-immigration/ Cuban sentiment in Georgetown as one of the students cited in the articles stated how even the university promotes diversity so it was not even an attack. Obviously, it is bad to burn books, but it is not as drastic or as apocalyptic as CNN or others make it out to be as it was one a few individuals most likely acting out of frustration rather than some racist ideology.