Do Cultures Change?
Quite a good number of points where made in an article I researched on the hybridity of culture. I found that a majority of information was viable for discussion due to the efforts of one of the writers that the author of the research utilized in the critique. One point that was very intriguing was the fact of how cultures from various parts of the world change when put into an American stylized environment. Asian American culture, African American culture, as well as Japanese cultures, etc; are not totally similar to one another once they transcend from their own ethnic and traditional positions. Americanization places conflicting areas into any culture that leaves its own roots and comes into a foreign land.
Of course, all characteristics of a specific culture are not going to stay identitical to the traditional belief system once they thread out to other areas of the globe, especially in America. This was a very interesting and valid point that was brought up consistently in the researched article. It is this authorâ€™s view point that this holds ultimate truth as it has been found Asians who come to America gradually develop Americanized habits and begin to lose the more ethnic characteristics of their culture. Although they carry the hybridity of Asian ancestry, they are not wholly like their relatives and friends who have decided to stay behind in their own homeland. Their food habits gradually change, literary materials develop into more of an American fashion, clothing transforms to fit into an American style, speech patterns, and many more identity markers change to mold into a new living environment. So in all honesty, even a person born in Asia, but that yet moves to America can not be compared to a true Asian person who has remained in their own country and never left. There are too many variations in the character to accurately compare the two.
The main point is, is that hybridity actually gives the main cultural power to the root of a specific colonial ethnicity. However, Asian or any ethnic group living outside of their born homeland provides an alternative formation to their cultural roots. Although they might not be the main source of information about their cultural and historic ancestry, they are still a part of it. The only differences are that their language, (becoming bilingual) and social patterns change.
Yao, S.G. (2003). Taxonomizing Hybridity. Textual Practice, Volume 17, Issue2 357-378