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  • Diffusion
  • J'aime les films américains!
  • Innovation
  • Darn kids, always on their phones.
  • I'm texting my friend in Spain. Please calm down.
  • American media is spread around the world and influences many countries.
  • Assimilation
  • Convert to Christianity, either willingly or by force! 
  • The introduction of cell phones has changed society and culture as a whole. It allows us to communicate with others across the world and speeds up the spread of information around the world.
  • Acculturation
  • City Wok
  • Syncretism
  • Halloween started out as the festival of Samhain, which was part of an ancient Celtic religion. It eventually was combined with the Christian holiday of "All Hallows Eve".
  • The Christianization of Latin America is an example of assimilation. The Native peoples had to convert to Christianity to adapt to the European settlers in their lands. As a result, the Natives religions and cultures 'faded away' over time.
  • Many Americans enjoy eating Chinese food, despite not having any Chinese heritage. American society has "adopted" Chinese food, but without changing their culture at the core.
  • I'm American, but I like to eat Chinese food.
  • Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival, called Samhain, which included festivities such as wearing animal skins (costumes) and honoring spirits. As time went on, the Catholic church designated November 1st as "All Saints Day". The practices of Samhain were combined with some of the beliefs of All Saints Day (honoring the dead/believing that the dead were more 'in touch' with the Earth on that day), which gave us modern-day Halloween.
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