HAVANA: Even Cubans who don't speak a word of English eat ``un cake'' on their birthdays. They wear ``los tennis'' and ``bloomers.'' Their kids go crazy for Taylor Swift and ``The Big Bang Theory.'' US science fiction master Ray Bradbury has pride of place on their bookshelves beside revolutionary poet Jose Marti.
Far beyond the antique Chevys on its streets and the memorials to Ernest Hemingway, Cuba is a country whose language, music, literature and fashion are steeped in American influence despite a half-century of official hostility.