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Cultural Influences or American Values?




Many have always assumed that it is great to be involved in other cultures, but they fail to realize  that due to our involvement, we may not be giving our own culture enough value. I know this may sound crazy, but before you think about this statement listen to this.  On February 3, I went to Kami Con,a Japanese convention in Tuscaloosa. It is held annually for people who are interested in manga (Japanese comics) and anime(Japanese TV shows). While there, I saw  people dressed up as different characters from the shows, many vendors selling Japanese clothing and gadgets, and I even heard Korean music playing. As I was taking all of this in, I couldn’t help but notice there was a small percentage of Asian Americans compared to the overwhelming amount of Americans participating in an all Asian based convention. This observation suggested a question that interested me: Are we so involved in other cultures so much that consequently we discredit our own? Don’t get me wrong, it is good to be knowledgeable of other cultures, but are we taking it too far. Or, will these influences bring positive changes to American life?


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