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The diffusion of pop culture can be seen in clothing: think about the influence of hip-hop and the ethnically diverse clothing styles that have developed out of it.
The diffusion of pop culture can be seen in clothing: think about the influence of hip-hop and the ethnically diverse clothing styles that have developed out of it. Hip-hop has significantly influenced fashion, as seen by its prevalence in movies, music videos, and TV shows. For example, one of the most famous brands for hip-hop fashion is Sean Jean, which Sean John started. Hip-hop music influences many other parts of our culture, from television shows like The Wire to novels such as Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon or Sherman Alexie’s Sweatshirt (about an Indian boy who goes through high school with his uncle).
Food shows a similar effect as ethnic cooking has spread around the world.
Food shows a similar effect as ethnic cooking has spread around the world. It’s a sign of cultural syncretism: when different cultures blend to create something new or different from them. In this case, it’s about fusion—blending two very distinct cultures into one.
Food is also an essential part of our identity and how we express ourselves through what we eat, whether at home with family members or going out for dinner with friends (or both). Food can tell us about who we are and where we come from—it gives us clues into our culture’s past while also predicting its future.
Another post worth reading is “The effect of ramen on Japan,” which explains how ramen and its culture have spread worldwide.
To read more about food, there’s a great article on “Food and globalization.”
If you’re interested in studying material culture, then I would check out the following resources: