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Old 02-22-2014, 04:00 PM
 
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I was thinking about how some ethnic group's cultures have a strong influence on the countries they arrive at, even if they are small in population. For example, in the previous thread I made, I wondered why Thai food is so popular in countries where Thai populations are small. Another example could be say, sushi's popularity in places that don't have lots of Japanese immigrants. That's just one example from cuisine or food but there might be other better examples from other aspects of culture.

Are there elements of culture associated with a particular group that have disproportionately influenced your country?
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Polderland
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As far as food can influance a country;
In Holland chinese food is very popular, wile when i think of it, this food is extremely different from what we normally ete. Like every section of a city has a chinese restaurant and even the smallest village has one, wile the chinese population is not really that big and we don't hear mutch of them at all.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Chinese food has been popular in Australia for a long time now, and even in small country towns without any Chinese people. It's often very westernised Chinese, however, usually run by the only Chinese family in town.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:20 PM
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Well, maybe some forms of political democracy is originally inspired from France into USA in historic times, and not only because of revolting independence against imperialistic Britain 300 years ago. There is French forms of architecture in some areas of New York City, and some other American cities. Statue of Liberty in NYC is originally from a French architect.


Thai cuisine is very popular in areas of USA, and disproportionate amount of Thai restaurants per capita compared to amount of Thai immigrants in USA. I notice more Independent Cafes, and starbucks is starting to sell Thai tea to customers. There is a same situation with Indian cuisine compared to Thai cuisine. There is some very subtle forms of Indian culture like Meditation, Yoga, and New Age forms of spirituality with some connections to India. However, there is a higher amount of Indian immigrants compared to Thai immigrants. There is a very noticeable professional upper middle class Indian immigrant population in USA, just like in UK, and very interesting phenomenon.

Chinese immigrant population in USA is only 1% of national population 3.3 million of 305 million, and feels more substantial than expected in demographics and not in even distribution throughout areas of USA . There is Chinatown's in almost every major city of USA, and more prominent popularity in Feng Shui, Yin Yang originally from China in some forms of New Age spirituality, and Acupuncture, interest in Chinese culture, and Chinese cuisine.


Maybe there is too much connections to UK/England in USA, especially in some of media, and how some people view Anglophone forms of language, not really enough of a reason to feel too much connections to England. Some Americans are too admirable and idealistic with Japan, almost like where those ignorant people's respect, interest, and knowledge begins with regions of Asia when they should focus on other regions of Asia more. There is some forms of technology such as in cars automobiles, and electronic devices went into USA from Japan.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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Well, maybe some forms of political democracy is originally inspired from France into USA in historic times, and not only because of revolting independence against imperialistic Britain 300 years ago. There is French forms of architecture in some areas of New York City, and some other American cities. Statue of Liberty in NYC is originally from a French architect.


Thai cuisine is very popular in areas of USA, and disproportionate amount of Thai restaurants per capita compared to amount of Thai immigrants in USA. I notice more Independent Cafes, and starbucks is starting to sell Thai tea to customers. There is a same situation with Indian cuisine compared to Thai cuisine. There is some very subtle forms of Indian culture like Meditation, Yoga, and New Age forms of spirituality with some connections to India. However, there is a higher amount of Indian immigrants compared to Thai immigrants. There is a very noticeable professional upper middle class Indian immigrant population in USA, just like in UK, and very interesting phenomenon.

Chinese immigrant population in USA is only 1% of national population 3.3 million of 305 million, and feels more substantial than expected in demographics and not in even distribution throughout areas of USA . There is Chinatown's in almost every major city of USA, and more prominent popularity in Feng Shui, Yin Yang originally from China in some forms of New Age spirituality, and Acupuncture, interest in Chinese culture, and Chinese cuisine.


Maybe there is too much connections to UK/England in USA, especially in some of media, and how some people view Anglophone forms of language, not really enough of a reason to feel too much connections to England. Some Americans are too admirable and idealistic with Japan, almost like where those ignorant people's respect, interest, and knowledge begins with regions of Asia when they should focus on other regions of Asia more. There is some forms of technology such as in cars automobiles, and electronic devices went into USA from Japan.
I would say the popularity of say Italian culture, e.g. pizza, and maybe even Jewish culture (say bagels) is like the Chinese influence, partly because they are prominent in some of the biggest, most culturally influential cities in the nation. How many times have Jewish characters been depicted simply because SO many films are set in New York? There might be more say Midwesterners or German descent but how many big films are set in the Upper Midwest?
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