President Castro and President Obama attended baseball games during Obama's visit to cuba//Wikipedia

President Castro and President Obama attended baseball games during Obama’s visit to cuba//Wikipedia

By Lucia Rubi Godoy, Online Editor

President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba in March has raised many doubts and questions within the Hispanic Community. It is the first visit by an American President since Calvin Coolidge went in 1928.
Although this was only the first attempt to establish better diplomatic and commercial relations with Cuba, people are already speculating with the possible benefits this could bring to the Cuban community by opening their access to information, commerce and tourism.

One of the most important advantages that convincing President Raul Castro of making a better effort in keeping good relations with the United States, would be the reunion of Cuban families. Many Cubans left the island when they were young, in search of a better life; especially for those who formed new families with the idea of never seeing the one they left behind again. It would mean a very pivotal improvement for strained families to be able to unite their loved ones.

Despite having very limited access to information about investigations and experiments done internationally, Cuba is at an advantage when it comes to medical and biological advances; that could mean a great progress for international medicine. Within these accomplishments, we can find different vaccines against cancer and reactive kits that allow doctors to find metabolic diseases in newborns.

Another thing that Cuba has maintained throughout the years, is the automobile industry. When commerce between Cuba and United States was interrupted in 1959, American cars like Chevys and Studebakers were popular between the urban middle class. Since then, with importations being restricted, Cubans haven’t had any other choice but to keep their cars running however they could. With the Communist Party having restricted all commercial activities, only the people with better connections could afford to buy new cars, and even then, they were limited to buying Soviet cars. The most recent survey conducted in 2007, indicates that only two out of every 100 Cubans own a car.

However, between the concerns of Latinos are the possible negative effects that it could have in Cuban development of a commercial relationship with United States. One of the most important things that Cuba has been able to protect, thanks to the lack of commercial interchanges with U.S., is a number of exotic animals that live in the island. Some of these species can only be found there, and are endangered. If they remain alive, it is in part due to the lack of massive industrialization that U.S. is used to. If the relations with Cuba improve considerably, the international commerce of the island could grow to a point where it could alter the ecosystem of the country, maybe causing the loss of some of these exotic species.

Despite the fact that they receive a good education, nothing overcomes the number of opportunities that open up for the Cubans if they are allowed contact with other countries. This would not only allow them to find better opportunities, but it gives them the chance to promote great discoveries and share them with the rest of the world. It also means an opportunity to grow as a nation. Globalization is a process that takes a bit from every country, and adds it to the rest of the world. Although many could see this as the sacrifice of part of its culture, the benefit that comes from this exchange could be more beneficial, as long as the important changes do not negatively affect the nature or daily life of Cubans.