Summarize "Visitors, 1965" by Oscar Hijuelos.

“Visitors, 1965” is a short story explaining the differences in the experiences of Cuban immigrants to the United States in the twentieth century. Hijuelos demonstrates how the ease with which the immigrants were able to settle in and adapt to their new culture depended greatly on the time of each group’s relocation and the reasons for leaving Cuba in search of a new life.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos (1951–2013) was an American-born author of Cuban descent. His parents immigrated to the United States during the 1940s. Since the mid-twentieth century was a time of great stress in the relationship between Cuba and the United States, Hijuelos felt trapped between two loyalties. In his short story entitled, “Visitor, 1965,” the author explains the different experience levels of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. depending on the time period of their journey and the reasons for leaving their native land.

“Visitor, 1965” tells the story of Cuban immigrant Hector, his family, and their perspectives on the experience of relocating to a foreign nation. Alejo, Hector’s father, traveled to his new destination during the 1920s to provide a better life for his family than Cuba offered to its citizens. At that time, Cuba had only recently attained its independence from Spain but was ruled by a dictatorship. Masses of Cuban nationals sought to...

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