Read "Ever the Twain Shall Meet" by Rebecca Bodenheimer in the Fall 2015 Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.
Regionalist sentiment has been pervasive in Cuba since the colonial period, yet it has rarely been addressed in literature on contemporary social dynamics. Rebecca Bodenheimer examines the intersections between race and place, arguing that the longstanding divisions between eastern and western Cuba challenge the traditional image of a unified hybrid nation.
Rebecca Bodenheimer is an ethnomusicologist who has conducted fieldwork in Cuba for more than a decade. Her book, Geographies of Cubanidad: Place, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba, was published in July 2015 by University Press of Mississippi.