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Examples of Cultural Diffusion in the 21st Century

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Katlyn Lamppert

on 5 August 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Examples of Cultural Diffusion in the Early 21st Century
Cuban immigrants experience the push factor of communism dominating their homeland. However, in order to escape the political oppression, Cuban flee to Florida (more than any other state). Bringing their culture with them, the immigrants add another flavor to Floridian culture and inspire cultural diffusion.
With the spread of cultural diffusion, ideas and beliefs change. For example, a mother in a different country with multiple children and lots of work to do, making dinner can become a chore. However, with the opening of a McDonald’s near her, she will think of that restaurant more often for meals when she is busy.
With the new technologies existing today and being developed, life expectancies in many countries have continued to soar. For example, a remedy made in one country that benefits that country’s occupants becomes a part of the culture. Because the remedy is beneficial, it spreads to other countries, thus cultural diffusion is brought about.
For some countries, trade blocs is an economic advantage that they heavily depend on. Within the trade blocs, products from one country (their source of income/culture) is bought by another for a beneficial supply-and-demand transaction. This results in cultural diffusion.
Some religions (when getting together) have to accommodate certain regions that share the same beliefs and take on their culture in order to keep their religious heritage. For example, my church group (the Way of Abundance and Power) is mainly centered in the United States, but there are many countries around the world who are members to our group. We have “phone hookups” in which our Sunday teaching services are broadcasted through the telephone to groups all around the world. These teachings that are a part of our religious culture in the US has made its way to other countries.
A big problem with people in the US today is how to pass the time (should they have any free). Cultural diffusion results in many different things and, in this case, Latin dance classes are included. The culture of Latin America has made its way into the US and we get the benefit of enjoying it today.
By: Katlyn Lamppert
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