Cultural appropriation occurs when people within a dominant culture use the stories, styles, motifs, and objects of a subordinated culture without appropriate reciprocity, permission, compensation or research in a manner that is ignorant of the group's cultural context (Han 2019 pp. 9-10) (Matthes 2018 pp. 1004-1005).
Akira is a true masterpiece whose influence lives on 30 years later thanks to global media flows. It has influenced global culture in countless ways through the process of hybridisation.
It's no secret that Stranger Things has taken the world by storm. The Netflix Original has inspired spoofs, bars, designer fashion shows, video games and an international sing-along named the 'Neverending Challenge', truly becoming a pop-culture phenomenon. But, if audiences "tend to reject cultural products... too distant from their own cultural realities" (Straubhaar, 2014) how can this be?
In today's society it is hard not to be a global citizen. We are connected by the internet, our phones, and ever-improving travel. In our daily lives, many of the objects we use were produced overseas, or made using traded ingredients/materials. But somehow, I still feel stuck in a bubble in my little corner of Sydney, Australia.