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The New York Times series, How Race is Lived in America, explores the lived experience of race through individual and collective stories of social life in the U.S. Read the story Best of Friends, Worlds Apart (http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/race/060500ojito-cuba.html), about two young Cuban men who migrate to the United States. How is the meaning of race different in Cuba than in the United States, and how does that shape the lives of Joel and Achmed? Can you explain how Omi and Winant’s definition of race as “a concept that signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different types of human bodies” can help us to understand their social identities? From this story, what kinds of racial projects can you identify that are involved in constructing race in Cuba? In the U.S.?

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