By Albert Sergio Laguna
In an period of warming kinfolk among the united states and Cuba, this ebook updates the dialog about Cuban America by displaying how this neighborhood has replaced over the last 25 years. not a conservative Republican balloting bloc, nearly all of Cubans this day wish extra engagement with the island instead of much less. Laguna investigates the generational shifts and tensions in a Cuban the USA the place the bulk is now made from immigrants who arrived because the Nineties and people born within the US.
To probe those alterations, Laguna examines the classy and social logics of a variety of pop culture types originating in Miami and Cuba from the Seventies throughout the 2010s. They contain the stand-up comedy of performers like Alvarez Guedes and Robertico, a pageant known as Cuba Nostalgia, Miami morning radio exhibits, a kind of media distribution at the island often called el paquete, and the viral social media content material of Los Pichy Boys. This research illustrates the centrality of play in a group that has been defined traditionally as offended, reactionary, and melancholic. Diversión contends that our realizing of the Cuban diaspora is missing no longer in seriousness, yet in play.
By unpacking this archive, Laguna explores our complicated, usually fraught attachments to pop culture and how it might problem and reproduce average cultural ideologies—especially in terms of politics and race. within the wake of the most important migration wave to the US in Cuban history, Diversión and its specialise in play is important analyzing when you search to appreciate not just the Cuban American diaspora, yet cultural and fiscal lifestyles at the island.
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