If we look at how we lived in the past century and compare it with how we live now, we will see cultural adoption has changed almost every aspect of our life in many ways. I would like to discuss the cultural adoptions in our daily life in two perspectives: material and spiritual culture.
As regard to material culture, food, products, technology are moving across boundaries since the start of world trade in the very beginning of human history. McDonalds are popping up everywhere in China, Americans can have a Chinese cuisine in their local communities, people can easily buy products imported from other part of the world in their local stores, or a click on the website will get goods from other countries delivered to their house. Multinational enterprises are setting up across boundaries, bringing goods and services. It is now a very common thing to eat exotic food and use foreign products for people every where of the world. People’s consumption habits have changed dramatically in current societies.
From the spiritual perspective, culture adoptions manifest in ways how people view their life and the world. Because of the fast media and information dissemination, we are now watching American TV shows, celebrating Christmas, speaking more than one language, enjoying education abroad. We can almost instantaneously know what is going on in this world. All these have changed our values, ways of thinking, and lifestyle. For example hip pop culture among the world, Japanese anime culture, international anti terrorism, western organizational management practices in local companies, the advocation of human rights equality, etc. Whether we are willing or not, our view to the world has changed. We are more open to modern technology and have more understanding to the global society than our ancestors do.
Cultural adoption in both material and spiritual perspective are indicating we are in a more “flat” world. Cultures are exchanged and adapted across boundaries, and we are seeing less clear boundaries when we talk about cultures that separate one society from another.