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It is not that we have been forced to change our minds, or the ways we work, but the gap between the time of this book's conception and its context of publication is large. The reassertion of borders and the closing down of multiple perspectives in the current political climate has undone the progressive potential of the terms with which we were to engage. We began this work in 2000, when, given the cultural promises of diaspora and hybridity, it was still possible to discern the beginnings of a transformation in the cultural certainties of the homogeneous, autochthonous nation. A hesitant but real expectation heralded the advent of hybrid forms of culture, working at the point of cultural translation, which many believed were going ...

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