Cuba is in the early stages of rebirth. The stereotype of the old Cuban identity is crumbling, much like the buildings throughout the city of Havana. For decades, Cubans have only known what the government has allowed them to know, through state-run media outlets and by other restrictive measures. Cuba was an island of isolation in a sea of globalization.
Now, Private businesses are burgeoning in the socialist country, and the new income is used to purchase materials, from clothes smuggled in from Miami, to smart phones used mostly as status symbols. There is genuine doubt as to the motives for these changes; a hesitant, wary embrace of new expression.