Bringing Traditional Chinese Medicine to Havana: Report Back

The last time I went to Cuba, I arrived straight from having lived in Peru and did not know about the scarcity of supplies and resources there when it came to traditional Chinese goods. After meeting the community of elderly grandparents, I realized that given the chance, I’d lift some dim sum restaurants in New…

Chinese Lessons in Havana

An aging Chinese Cuban community fights to preserve its Chinatown The gate of Havana’s Chinatown protrudes above a four-lane street connecting the residential neighborhood of Central Havana to the local tourist destinations. Every day of the week, vintage American cars drive past carrying foreigners on private tours of the city, or serving as rideshares for…

My Heart in Havana

I’m writing this from the International Airport in Havana. It’s the end of my week coming back to see my loved ones in Havana’s Chinatown and my heart feels full. I feel healing. When I first met the 20+ abuelos in the Casa de los Abuelos a year ago, I didn’t know that I would…

The Love of Chinese Cuban Grandmothers

Exactly one year ago, I was in Cuba entering my second month of living in Havana and getting to know the Afro/Chinese/Cuban community there. Even though it has been a year, time has it so that it really doesn’t feel like it. I remember how heavy my heart was seeing a Chinatown that used to…