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Francis1 James Francis Diana Ferrell Rws 100 October 20, 2009 Creolistmas Transnational Commodities as Local Cultural Icons” is an article by J. Paige MacDougall. MacDougall is a renowned journalist, graduate of McGill University and holds a PhD in anthropology. In this article MacDougall tells us about the ways that certain products, like Barbie, change when they move to different countries. Her project was to inform us about these changes and why they’re important. MacDougall’s Claims in this article were that products change no matter what country they go to, that they go through an aesthetic change when they go to different countries, and her third claim about Barbie and the Maya textiles. In order to better explain MacDougall’s argument I have chosen three outside sources about the Christmas holiday to extend and complicate her article and to show you how her arguments work and don’t work with all exports. The three sources I’m using to demonstrate the way Christmas is celebrated in different countries are these. My first source is, “Christmas Worldwide,” this article highlights the differences in many Christmas celebrations. My second source, “Christmas in France” extends the argument of my first source. And, my third source, “Holiday Treats” complicates the other two articles by saying that customs might be different but everyone celebrates the same way, food and gifts. In her article, MacDougall makes many claims such as this. She claims that no matter where a product goes or where a product comes from, it always changes to conform to the ideals and beliefs of the consumer. In her article, to explain this claim, she demonstrates and conveys
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Francis2 how Barbie was affected by the culture of the Yucatan area in Mexico. She mentions in her article the affects of the Yucatec culture on Barbie and how Barbie has changed. For instance, she notes that, in the Yucatec culture “Barbie as a maternal figure appears to be the most common persona she is attributed.” (MacDougall #24). MacDougall is showing us, her reader, that Barbie changed when she was exported from the U.S. to Mexico. My first source, “Christmas Worldwide,” comes from a newspaper in Malaysia called “The Star.” The author Joseph Raj has been writing for this paper for over fifteen years and has recently won a journalism award entitled “The Daniel Pearl Editorial Fellowship.” In this article Raj extends MacDougall’s argument by agreeing with her aforementioned claim. Raj uses mostly culturally based evidence rather than statistics to prove his claim. His main claim, much like MacDougall’s, is that Christmas changes drastically from country to country. Raj knows that
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2012 for the course ENGL 100 taught by Professor Ferrell during the Spring '10 term at San Diego State.

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