Chinatown: The Spread of Eastern Culture in a Western Society

1124 WordsJun 17, 20185 Pages
In the past few decades of history, the span of globalization and mixing of world cultures has been particularly prevalent. Through the spread of technology and communications across national boundaries, the various superpowers of the world have begun immersing themselves into foreign cultures and have introduced their own cultures to nations that are not their own as well as have accepted certain parts of foreign culture in their own homes. One of the greatest examples of this exchange of culture is the prevalence of Chinese culture in the West through the establishment of various “Chinatowns” throughout popular cities in Europe and the Americas. Globalization itself, which is described as the “objective trend of economic development in…show more content…
Oriental foods—such as General Tso’s chicken, Sweet and Sour chicken, Egg Drop soup, and many others—are common dishes with which most people are familiar nowadays. In neighborhoods all across the nation, there is almost always at least one Chinese restaurant nearby for Americans to get their fix of Chinese cuisine. For college students, who are typically known for having limited amounts of money, Chinese food is always considered very filling and reasonably priced which leads back to the origins of Chinatowns where people would sell their goods for lower prices in an attempt to grow a steady economy within these concentrated areas of Chinese-American citizens. The pricing of Chinese cuisine and goods also notes a spread of Chinese culture where citizens are considered very frugal and thrifty. Being able to save up money for future uses is considered having “modesty and self-restraint [which were] highly praised virtues” in traditional Chinese society (Faure). Reversely, the increase of Western influence in China is also a prevalent notion. Guy Faure and Tony Fang note the growth of “foreign retailers such as Wal-Mart, B&Q, Carrefour, and IKEA, and even foreign luxury brands such as Rolex,

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