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Globalization and Cultural Diffusion

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Economics +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This student activity focuses on the concepts of globalization and cultural diffusion. Students will look at a variety of artifacts and explain how they illustrate the two concepts and/or help answer the guiding questions below:

  • What is globalization and how does it affect people and places?
  • What leads to cultural diffusion?

Examine this sign

National Museum of American History

Chinese-American Shop Sign

National Museum of American History

Noodle Manufacturers (from series, Chinatown)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Chop Suey [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Coca-Cola

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Coca-Cola Hecho en Mexico Bottle

National Museum of American History

Chinese Coca-Cola Ad, about 1936

National Museum of American History

Cola Turka Can

National Museum of American History