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Old 03-13-2012, 05:10 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I think the UK and Japan by far, if you're talking about contemporary influence. The UK still influences the US music scene, fashion and art. Maybe more so somewhere like New York than 'Middle America' but it's influence is still there.

Japan, as others have said, through video games, anime/manga, Japanese food/culture...
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Texas
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One thing I would add though seems to be that when the US exports its pop culture (eg. Hollywood movies and pop music) it is exported to more demographics overseas, but when it imports pop culture, it is only certain demographics that pick it up, rather than the entire US. Taking Japanese cartoons as an example, it seems to have a target audience base of kids and also a particular group or fan base. It's not like the way Hollywood is more evenly spread to demographics overseas.

It seems foreign influences to the US (eg. soccer, European pop music, British comedies, Latin American soap operas, Japanese cartoons or Kung Fu flicks) tend to be taken up by specific groups or audiences that are a subset of the populace, rather than find their way down "to everyone", or taken up by the population as a whole, though I might be wrong (maybe they are more mainstream than I realize).

Yeah, you don't realize.
Mainstream music is more international than you apparently recognize.
How many big American shows are rip-offs of shows from other countries?
How many people (or are they only special groups) enjoy a burrito or a rice bowl or fruits or vegetables or cappuccino or sushi...literature? Carpets? Furniture? CLOTHES? Shampoo? Make-up?

I mean, it's seriously everywhere.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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There is somewhat of a "hatchback culture" in many American cities. Guys try to mimick the souped up VW Golfs that are popular in Europe.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Literature here is very influenced by foreign countries. Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy, Emile Bronte, Jane Austin, Homer, Agatha Christie, J.K. Rowling, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Beatrix Potter, and many others are some of the most widely read authors in the U.S.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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Pop music is one of the biggest imports. People don't realize that the beats we hear on the radio now are often cooked up by an English or Swedish producer. The singers may be American but often times the music is not.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Pop music is one of the biggest imports. People don't realize that the beats we hear on the radio now are often cooked up by an English or Swedish producer. The singers may be American but often times the music is not.
Especially now...
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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We import a bunch of European words:
RSVP = repondez sil vous plait
femme fatale
panache
joie de vivre
coup
dolce vita
siesta
incognito
terra ferma
vista

AND A WHOLE BUNCH MORE...
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:01 PM
 
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We import a bunch of European words:
RSVP = repondez sil vous plait
femme fatale
panache
joie de vivre
coup
dolce vita
siesta
incognito
terra ferma
vista

AND A WHOLE BUNCH MORE...
And the English Language its self
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:57 AM
 
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First of all, you clearly don't know what actual US culture is.

Secondly, outside of places with no identity like the suburbs and sprawled "cities", we're not influenced by outside countries but by the people who live in our country. That's the way it's always been and the way it will always be.
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:59 AM
 
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Pop music is one of the biggest imports. People don't realize that the beats we hear on the radio now are often cooked up by an English or Swedish producer. The singers may be American but often times the music is not.
And most people don't realize that the music itself that those European beat-makers are making was probably started in the US as the majority of current music originates from one of the many US music inventions, like hip hop, rock, R&B, blues, bluegrass, etc etc.
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