T/RACING BELONGING THROUGH CUBAN TOURISM:
L. KAIFA ROLAND
Because Cuban "race operates on a flexible blackwhite continuum, with performance and social markers like class and foreign-ness affecting racial assignment, the very category itself remains unstable. I examine this instability in Cuban touristic practice, focusing on the way in which questions of belonging and origin, as well as perceived differences between "us and "them, mark and assign racial identity in different ways. I became aware of such dynamics through my own subjectivityas a black, female foreigner whose body was frequently interpreted as Cubanand through my simultaneous status as a researcher, engaging in participant observation of Cuban touristic practice.