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Does America have its own culture?
Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
America is 239 years old. In 1776 we gained our independence from England, and from there on, became13 colonies.

Historically, America is a land of immigrants. From as early as 1790, immigrants came to America to find new opportunity. In the early 20th century, immigration to the United States hit mass loads, with Ellis Island being the way my family and mostly everyone else's family came to the United States, and Angel Island being where from 1910 to 1940 1 million Asian immigrants entered the US.

With this immigrant culture, America seems to really have no true culture of its own, to people who are looking to blame our issues on immigrants. Especially in larger cities, where immigration and segregation still exists, the cross diffusion of culture has left most of the US a singular area of multiple parts.

Speaking personally, where I live is a designated immigrant area, with nearly half the residents coming from Asia or Eastern Europe. With this, there are Chinese banks devoted only to Chinese, stores only for Japanese, churches only for Koreans, centers only for Russians, etc, etc in my area alone. But to someone like me, who's grandparents were immigrants but I was born in and raised in America, and consider myself American, I've adopted what I think to be American culture but also heavily did so with other cultures as well, simply because that was what my culture was comprised of.

If there is a true American culture, what is it? What can we as Americans claim to be something that is indisputably ours? What makes an American? Is it being born here? Is it migrating here? Has our policy of open immigration left America as a country of many cultures rather than one?

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What do you think?



Personally, I think it does, but there's layers to it.
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Posted 8/2/15
Yes it does.
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*waits for someone to say something about fast food and obesity*

i want to say it does but I can't think of anything to really back it up with
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Posted 8/2/15
Nope.
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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
I would say that it doesn't really as an entire country, no. It's just too big and disparate. Saying that the US has a singular culture is similar to saying that Europe has a culture. There may be somewhat shared traits throughout Europe but I don't think anyone would argue that all of Europe does or should share a singular culture. Do individual regions within the US (and Canada), however, have cultures? Certainly.
Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.
Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/3/15

anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.





Tbh it's the other way around usually.
Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15

AiYumega wrote:


anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.





Tbh it's the other way around usually.

America imo is home to many different cultures that came from other countries & eventually developed to be its own thing/culture. And it has a good variety of these cultures.
Black American culture, Asian-American culture, Mexican-American culture, etc.

I just don't think America itself, as a whole, really has its own culture.
If that makes sense.
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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
We do condone most things that most countries don't, we have our own style and despite being very young as a country we have efffected the world in a both positive and negative way.
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Culture - the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.

If that is the definition to go by, I think that it is pretty clear that America has culture, despite its size and the fact that it is largely an "immigrant nation". Even ignoring Native Americans, there is a fairly large number of artistic pockets which have been localized in different parts of America.
Posted 8/2/15

anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.


You can't steal or ruin culture, only borrow and adapt. It's how we make progress. With globalization it's inevitable.
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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
*In a french accent* "theres no fucking culture there"

That is probably they most obscure reference I will ever make in my life.
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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
Have you not seen the YMCA?

If anything it's those party songs that have a stupid dance involved.
Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15

nooneinparticular wrote:


anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.


You can't steal or ruin culture, only borrow and adapt. It's how we make progress. With globalization it's inevitable.

Then what is this




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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15

anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.


Well no I cant say I agree with you there. Blues, Folk, Country, R&B, Rock and Roll, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop. All of that's American. Was alot of it whitewashed? Yes but the original pre-whitewashed versions of said music originated in America.
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