How we view our surroundings and the differences across cultures allows us to understand the best we can the systems of differences in the past and the present. From the old hierarchy belief of the Great Chain of Being to today’s social construct of race, some cultures are still treating particular ethnic groups with little humanity. It becomes difficult for a society to escape its own ethnocentrism without knowing cultures aside from its own. Christen Smith’s article “Blackness, Citizenship, and the Transnational Vertigo of Violence in the Americas” points out the police brutality mainly directed towards black people in Brazil, and the vast difference in treatment from whites. The weekly lectures provided insights into multiple cultures, such as the use and value of traditional currency compared to modern money in Papua New Guinea. Traditional shell money and Doba currency have been around for thousands of years for these people, and they are slowly being pushed away since the introduction modern money. The use of modern money has been a common nuisance for many residents, and cannot always do what traditional money can, such as providing easier redistribution within the community without concern that it may leave the larger community. Aside from the cultural diffusion of modern money in New Guinea, we can see the cultural diffusion of Sushi in the U.S. from Theodore C. Bestor’s article “How Sushi Went Global”. The taste of sushi in the U.S. has been adapted to suit the American palate, and the attitude towards Sushi slowly represent sophistication, class and education standing. Sushi is not the only restaurants where we see cultural diffusion and hybridization, Chinese American Restaurants as well have created their own special dishes specifically for their new consumers, such as Almond chicken and General Tso’s. The film “Life in Debt” by Stephanie Black shows Jamaican workers competing with other imports, and many factories closing down, while companies and factories find cheaper labor elsewhere. It seems everything is globalizing with the movement of people, culture, and goods, there are many ideas and cultures assimilating within various societies, and the results can turn out positive or negative for both groups.