Unit 4: Lifestyle and Believes Essay

Lifestyle and Believes are two things that can be said to be specific of nation, state, or culture and evolve within such place or culture but globalization has sped the evolution of lifestyle and believes all over the world. I chose Mexico and picked a couple aspects of lifestyle and believes to see how globalization has had an impact on them, the topics I mention include religion, goods, and gender.

For example I mentioned cars and clothing two very different types of goods, but both of which are increasingly being exported into Mexico for the high demand not of the good itself but because of the origin of the good. Television and Social Media have cause societies to associate wealth with the acquisition of goods found in countries like Europe and the United States. I included an article on smuggled clothes. I found the article very interesting because this is something I am very familiar with. Living in a border town and having family in Mexico I see how cheap exports from china and other countries give the U.S. an advantage to cheaper clothing. Those who can cross to the U.S. stock up on clothes from yards sales or clearance sales in stores and resell clothes in Mexico at regular price.

Gender inequality is a also a huge issue in Mexico, and it stems from the believe that man is superior to woman. What is referred to in Mexico as “machismo” a mans attitude towards woman as the lesser gender is widely practiced in Mexico and in its effects are felt strongly in places like the labor force. New laws in Mexico have helped see a decrease in gender inequality but many women still do not have the same opportunities, salary, or even worse feel safe enough to enter certain work forces.

Finally I mentioned religion. The articles I mention in my blog talk about the decline of Catholicism in Mexico. Globalization has made new religions more accessible to Mexicans and we are starting to see a very slow shift in religion, if not towards one specific religion at least away from Catholicism. Catholicism went unchallenged for many decades in Mexico and the believe became part of the Mexican lifestyle, even today its very common for people to immediately associate the catholic faith with Latin America and Mexico.

Globalization and its effects on lifestyle and believes encompasses an immense amount of topics. I hoped that by mentioning a few I could spark some interests in readers to further research any of the things I mentioned or any other aspects of globalized lifestyles and believes.


Unit 3: Media & Entertainment Essay

Fashion is a huge part of culture and has continued to evolve through out time, but as globalization begins to take place, fashion now evolves in new ways. In the fast paced world of social media and with easy accessibility to planes, cameras, Internet, smart phones and so on local fashion industries across the world are being linked. These new connections allow different aspects of the fashion industry across nations to influence each other, but also stand on their own in the global eye.
Before we began to see the globalization of fashion, places like Paris, and London were the fashion centers of the world, influenced only by their local cultures and not readily available to the worldwide public. In the blog I try to show the globalization of fashion through Fashion Week, Bloggers, and the media’s coverage of both. Fashion week in places like New York, Sao Paulo, and even Tokyo show fashions expansion moving away one center to multiple ones around the globe. As these new fashion centers began to gain recognition, media and ease of travel make it easy to connect fashionistas from around the globe. Fashion bloggers and stylist like Chriselle Lim and Aimee Song who I mention in the blog now attend multiple Fashion Weeks, not just the one closest to home and their blog post showcase how each fashion week inspires them. Although fashion has been globalized each independent fashion central has retained their own style and uniqueness, what has really changed is the worldwide access to the different styles, which now influence people from around the globe. Media has been a huge factor for fashion globalization.
The article I mention in the blog “Fashion in the Age of Instagram” talks about fashion week fashion shows being seen all around the world just as they are taking place. Snap shots of the shows are being put on instagram and other social media just as fashion week is taking place. A young girl in Spain can be looking for inspiration from a runway show in New York Just as a stylist from L.A. is doing the same all because a fashion blogger in New York fashion week has a smart phone.
In the blog I also mention Iza Goulart a super model from Brazil who participates in multiple Fashion Weeks from London, to Milan and Brazil. As fashion began to globalize models began to gain worldwide recognition rather than just national or local and runway shows began to incorporate more diversity among the models.

Unit 2: Language and Communication

There is no doubt that language is a huge part of culture but language was primarily seen as a tool for communication by the world up until Worf’s theory of Language. His theory in very simple terms was that language constrained thought. This very simple idea made a very large claim as Guy Deutcher from the New York times puts it “Whorf let loose an alluring idea about language’s power over the mind, and his stirring prose seduced a whole generation into believing that our mother tongue restricts what we are able to think.” I choose to put this article in my blog because Deutcher mentions the flaws in Worph’s theory and begins to explore the idea of a new theory linguistic relativism. To get a better understanding of Worfs ideas take a look at the video “Does Language Shape the Way We Think? Linguistic Relativism & Linguistic Determinism” (NativLang).
I also included other material on the blog like the article by Celeste Biever who talks about recent studies that suggest language may shape human thought. It was important to include this because it shows that even though linguistic determinism is no longer widely accepted there are still those that continue to argue for it. The other article I added was by William J Cromie who talks about an interesting question, which came first language or thought? The argument that thought is what created language is used against linguistic determinism, but can we really know if thought came before language? Cromie makes some interesting comments on this topic.
Language is a means to communication and while some believe it can limit our thought I would have to disagree this is not a linear relationship but more a triangular relationship like seen in picture 3 on the blog. The idea of my posts was to show a little insight into the different ways of seeing Language and I hope to have achieved that with the combination of videos and articles as well as pictures.

Unit 1: Cultures in Contact Essay

For my first unit 1 blog I wanted to choose topics that covered different aspects of cultures in contact. My region of choice was Mexico, but instead of just focusing on Mexico I wanted to focus on the connection between American and Mexican cultures in contact in both the U.S. and Mexico. I talked about topics like food, immigration, and language. All these things involve usually both cultures. The food aspect for example shows how Mexican food, which is a huge part of the culture, is infiltrating and gaining mass following in the U.S. What I liked about the Chipotle example is that the founder of Chipotle is not of Mexican decent but got inspired by the Mexican culture seen all around California in the street vendors selling burritos and tacos. Chipotle is a great example of a product of two cultures in contact. I also wanted to post something on Hollywood’s and the media’s portrayal of Hispanics in TV. Why are we not seeing Latin American in lead roles in Hollywood and why is it that when they are given a lead role characters are more than often being portrayed as stereotypes?
On to another topic I really wanted to talk about language because I think that along with food, the language you speak is a large part of the culture you belong to. Spanglish or code switching and word borrowing is something that is happening not just in Border States but also all over the nation. The arguments for and against it are all very appealing. Does it hurt your abilities in either language to partake in code switching and word borrowing? Does it enrich culture or create new cultures? These all questions I ask myself. The Blog on Unit one really aims to cover what I consider major consequences or issues that rise when to cultures come into contact.

“Female Quality of Life”

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Mexico has long been a male dominated society and this “machismo” is still strong in Mexican Socity as the map from the article shows the huge gap between quality of life of a man and a woman. It is interesting to see that the gap seems to get smaller for the states closer to the U.S. Mexico border and I wonder if the proximty to the U.S. is a factor.

Gender Inequality

The video talks about the huge gender inequality in Mexico and how despite the increasing presence of women in the Mexican work force there is still a big gap especially when it comes to income. I choose this video because the report talks about women entering the taxi driver labor force. We see many studies or research and articles on the topic of gender inequality in the workforce focus on government positions or careers requiring education, but not much emphasis is placed on the gender inequality in the “blue collar” labor force. Globalization has done a lot for women’s role in government. When a government is under the world’s eyes it places more value and emphasis on things like gender equality within the government because it has to gain credibility from world leader who value gender equality. And although this is great, we tend to forget about or sectors of the labor force that need to catch up, but are not held to the same standards because they are not in the global eye.

Nissan Tsuru

The globalizing world saw the expanision of car exporters like the Japanesse car maker Nissan into the global market, but it is interesting to see how cars are exported with diffrent names and remain in diffrent markets for longer periods of times in order to appeal to diffrent lifestyles. In this video the man talks about the Nissan Tsuru and how it will continue to be sold in Mexico because of its high demand. The Tsuru was the first version of what we call in the United States Nissan Sentra. Tsuru was supposed to be discontinued and begin sales as Sentra but instead Nissan Mexico continued to sell the Tsuru alonside the newly designed Sentra. The car is popular among taxi drivers and young drivers in Mexico.