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A Chinese Ghost-Town

Havana’s Chinatown is a site of ghosts. Although at some point it was one of the largest Chinatowns in the Western hemisphere, today, only faded Chinese characters and kitschy decorations remain. Walking through its streets, I am struck not by what I see, but by the absence of what I...

Beauty in Cuba – A Whole New Look

A few bottles of nail polish, a padded chair against a sink, the right license, and some business savvy have landed many Cuban women their own businesses – something that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago. In-home beauty salons have given many Cuban women an...


The Legacy of Revolution in Cuba

The Cuban Revolution is a highly visual one. Images of El Che, for example, are everywhere on the island, from market stalls to billboards and t-shirts. The power of images – especially faces ­– is something that the Castro government clearly understands and has made ample use of in its...

Santería, an Afro-Cuban Religion

On the streets of Havana and other Cuban cities and towns, it is not unusual to see a figure dressed in all white. They not only wear white outer clothing but also use white umbrellas, white wallets, white key chains, and even white-rimmed sunglasses. The all-white attire is not a...

On the Changing Place of LGBT Rights in Cuba

“This is the most inclusive place in Cuba,” says Alex, who has been working at El Mejunje (the mixture) for over twenty years. El Mejunje, which is located in the provincial city of Santa Clara, was the first bar in Cuba to fly the gay pride flag and continues to...


The Side-Effect of Living

Content Warning: Depression, suicidal thoughts “Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?”- Albert Camus Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee? It seems of the same order to me. It’s been months now that I stand at the terrace, looking at the ground below and...


AS220

A radical art nonprofit in downtown Providence is revolutionizing the way we think about and build artist communities. AS220 is a refreshing departure from the world of elite art. Umberto Crenca co-founded AS220 in 1985 on his conviction that every person has the potential for creative expression, and that such...