Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month with ‘Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba’

by Lauren Stachew on June 14, 2016

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and this year marks the tenth anniversary of its declaration, announced by the White House on June 6, 2006. There are roughly 2.5 million people in the U.S. of Caribbean-American heritage, and one of the largest populations of U.S. immigrants from the Caribbean are from Cuba.

In 2015, the University of Michigan Press issued the 20th anniversary of the book Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, edited by Ruth Behar. This anthology by Cuban and Cuban-American writers, artists, and scholars celebrates a new era of restored relations between Cuba and the U.S. Latin American Research Review calls the book “essential reading for Cuba-watchers who want to go beyond traditional social science research to appreciate the extraordinary cultural talents of Cubans.”

For fifty-five years U.S.-Cuban relations were couched in terms of the Cold War, often pitting Cubans in the diaspora against Cubans who remained in their homeland. This collection of Cuban and Cuban-American writing and art celebrates the informal networks that Cubans in both countries have maintained through artistic, academic, family, and other ties. The book brings together for the first time in English Cuban voices of the second generation, both on the island and in the diaspora. The multivocal and multigenre collection includes both scholarly and creative writing and an impressive range of visual art. Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba opens a window onto the meaning of nationality, transnationalism, and homeland in our time.

Order from press.umich.edu and receive a 30% discount off of this title with the code UMCARIB.

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