Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||Hasan Jamali/The Associated Press|
|Context||McDonald's in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Audience||Readers of Associated Press newspapers|
|Purpose||To show how the process of globalization has linked the American corporations with the rest of the world|
The global expansion of fast-food chains has shown the influence of American culture. In 1967, McDonald's expanded its operations outside of the United States with a franchise in Richmond, British Columbia. By 2006, McDonald's had established 31,000 restaurants in 119 countries around the world. As communication and transportation networks link the nation and the world, McDonald's represents two developments in American history. First, it is a shift from an American culture, which has lost its regionalism and became more national in its culture. Second, it represents an "American culture," touching places such as Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.