Cultural diffusion enriches our lives by enabling us to try different experiences, food, music and more right on our doorstep.
The US is such a diverse country that many of our favorite foods and common everyday words are a result of cultural diffusion—almost without us even realizing it. That's how natural and organic cultural diffusion can be.
Thanks to cultural diffusion we get to enjoy additional traditions and celebrations during the holiday season with our friends from other countries and cultures.
There is a fine line between cultural diffusion and cultural appropriation. The first can bring people together to enjoy experiences outside their community. The latter can easily offend and cause more divisions between people.
One interesting aspect of cultural diffusion is when the culture that was influenced in turn influences the original culture. Apparently, a staple of American sushi, avocado, is now making its way into Japanese sushi.