Cuba through my Eyes

Kaori Hashimoto flashing the peace sign in Cuba over Winter Break.

On January 3rd, 2013, eleven students from Mason School of Business ventured on a 10-day trip to La Habana, Cuba. This trip, led by Professor McCoy, forms part of ‘Global Business Immersion — a focus on social issues.’

Our on-site immersion experience in Cuba included meetings, seminars, and presentations with lCubans, visits to various places like Ciudad Universitaria Jose Antonio Echeverria (CUJAE), non- government agencies, the old U.S. embassy, an organic agriculture firm, and a rural mountain community.

These visits enabled us to understand the political and the business environment of the country, in addition to its cultural aspects. We also enjoyed the arts and history that Cuba is so famous for by visiting museums such as ‘Museum of the Revolution’, watching a ballet, witnessing a game of baseball, going for a salsa lesson, and visiting La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz Club. Of course, we visited the beach too.

We tried to find out the social needs of the country by talking to local community and keenly looking at as many social and cultural situations as we possibly could.

I guess that I would have kept on harboring a very different notion of Cuba without this wonderful trip.

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Kaori Hashimoto is an MBA candidate with the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary.

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