As an American, it is very common that I see people from all different types of cultures on a regular basis. This fact is even further enhanced since I attend Michigan State University, one of the most diverse colleges in the United States, if not the world. With that being said, it comes without saying that I also see the same people influence the things around them with the different backgrounds that they were brought up in. Likewise, to them, I myself am influencing things based off of my culture. Some of the things that get affected by this are things that we see in our daily lives such as food, and music. These examples along with countless others are just some of the ways that culture can move across borders.
I think it goes without saying that food is a very important part of people’s lives. One thing though that I love about food though is that it’s so multicultural. For example, most people believe that the idea of a taco as we Americans perceive it originates from México. However, though the taco did indeed come from Mexico, the tacos that we know (and love) today are not the same, and are actually a hybrid of Mexican and American food culture. It was because of our influence on the Hispanic population when we first had contact with them to cause a cultural adoption of sorts with this meal. Another example of this is with Chinese food, specifically orange chicken, and how it is actual a north American dish that created by this cultural adoption. Music is another thing that gets influenced constantly. Some pop artist today like Pitbull and Flo rida get their inspiration from the Hispanic culture. heritage. Other artist such as Drake, Shakira, Rhianna, and Nico &Vinz have done the same thing, but just with different cultures. Since they use some of the same rhythm and language that comes from that