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Andrew Mengel: Don't turn Cuba into another American cultural outpost

Andrew Mengel: Don't turn Cuba into another American cultural outpost

American culture has footholds everywhere nowadays. You could easily find yourself in a Jamaican bar listening to three Jamaican girls singing "Teenage Dream," or in Hamburg, Germany, watching a local down a McDonald's Big Mac, while reading a feminist critique on Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. American culture has spread its roots far beyond its own shores with little sign of slowing. America's influences have drained the culture out of foreign countries. The only place that breaks this precedent, that I have seen, is Cuba. In August 2014, I was walking down the potholed streets of Old Havana, listening to the roadside salsa bands. They plucked...

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