Crime & Punishment

Importing Foreign Cultures: Saggy Pants and Others

Do cultural imports threaten national customs and traditions? Does trade liberalization, audiovisual services, foreign support persuade, or impose change in our culture or way of life?

Over the last few months, I have seen most of our youth, and even adults adapting unfamiliar and extraneous life styles; saggy pants, saggy skirts, numerous ear piercings, tattoos of grotesque symbols. While it is true that trade liberalization, and globalizations means the importation and presence of foreign songs, shows, and movies on domestic radios, televisions, and movie screens, shouldn’t mean adapting everything that is seen or heard without first understanding its origin.

“Saggy pants” may sound fancy, but wearing one does look fancy. Sagging is wearing ones pants around the hips so that they sat down and bunch up around the ankles. Originally, this was a prison thing that signified that you were another prisoner’s property. The fact is when you import …, you import cultures, including cultures that have been far less successful in providing decent lives and decent livelihoods.

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