In 1960, Cristina García’s family fled Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution. Drawing on her personal experiences in an expatriate family, García speaks directly on the current issues of cultural identity and Cuban-American relations. As a powerful speaker with a marvelous charm she illuminates the complexities and contradictions of a dual cultural identity by exploring questions such as; What does it mean to have Hispanic roots and also to succeed within mainstream America? What are the drawbacks and benefits of this duality? García has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow at Princeton University, and is the recipient of the Whitting Writers Award.