Wednesday, February 11, 2015

American Pop Culture

American Pop Culture Outfit
American Pop Culture Outfit 3 I'm wearing:

1. Red and gray varsity jacket, from Asos.
2. Limited edition Andy Warhol t-shirt, from Uniqlo Japan.
3. Super skinny jeans in black, from Asos.
4. American flag sneakers, from Urban Outfitters.
5. Rings, from H&M.
American Pop Culture Outfit 5 Hi guys! Lately, I've been listening closely to some of my friends and acquaintances and, for reasons I don't quite understand, they seem to have a conflict with everything that has to do with the US. Now, I don't want to dwell too much on political issues, because in that matter I can relate to them. The US has continually screwed Mexico, they have strong power and influence over the country and such, but what I can't fathom is this disdain of American pop culture just for the sake of being part of the US.

When my mom was younger she spent some time living in California, that really changed her. I was raised in an environment that had strong US influence, we were the family that ate burgers, hard shell tacos, drank root bear, iced tea and ginger ale, never saw soap operas (we opted for US series), even some words in English became part of our regular vocabulary. I think that's why I learnt to appreciate American pop culture like I would appreciate any other culture. 

Tons of my friends feel like going to the US is nothing special and they would rather go to South America. I don't agree. Like all countries, the States have their charm. Personally, I can't wait to visit New Orleans or Texas, I really want to see all those places. This outfit is a tribute to American pop culture: the varsity jacket, the Andy Warhol t-shirt and the American flag sneakers, all of them iconic and important. The best advice I can give you now is that if you like something, defend it, explore it, understand it, pay homage to it. A different culture marked my childhood and that made me who I am today, I'm proud of that and I'll continue to cherish it for the rest of my life.

// ¡Hola! Últimamente he escuchado con atención a varios amigos y conocidos y, por razones que no entiendo bien, parecen tener conflicto con todo lo relacionado con Estados Unidos. No quiero ahondar mucho en temas políticos, porque ahí sí concuerdo. Estados Unidos ha fregado a México continuamente, tienen mucho poder e influencia sobre el país y eso, pero no puedo comprender el desprecio por la cultura popular estadounidense sólo por el hecho de pertenecer a Estados Unidos.

Cuando mi mamá era más joven pasó algún tiempo viviendo en California, eso la cambió mucho. Yo fui criado en un ambiente altamente influido por Estados Unidos, éramos esa familia que comía hamburguesas, hard shell tacos, tomábamos root bear, té helado y ginger ale, nunca vimos telenovelas (preferíamos series estadounidenses), incluso había palabras en inglés que formaban parte de nuestro vocabulario cotidiano. Creo que es por eso que aprendí a apreciar la cultura popular estadounidense como podría apreciar cualquier otra cultura.

Muchos de mis amigos sienten que ir a Estados Unidos no es algo especial y preferirían ir a Sudamérica. Yo no estoy de acuerdo. Como todos los países, Estados Unidos tiene su encanto. Personalmente, muero por visitar New Orleans y Texas, realmente quiero ver esos lugares. Este atuendo es un tributo a la cultura popular estadounidense: la chamarra de baseball, la playera con Andy Warhol, los tennis con la bandera, todos ellos icónicos y relevantes. El mejor consejo que les puedo dar hoy es que si algo les gusta, defiéndanlo, explórenlo, entiéndanlo, ríndanle homenaje. Una cultura diferente marcó mi infancia y forjó mucho de quién soy hoy, estoy orgulloso de eso y continuaré apreciándolo por el resto de mi vida.
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Love always,
Hen.

Currently listening: Lady Gaga - Bad Romance.

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