If we can agree that trying preserve local character, customs, and culture is important, are anatopisms threatening? Do they threaten the local culture or just add to the diversity and curiosity of a place? Do they bring far flung experiences to us when we can’t all afford elaborate travel?
Is pineapple on a pizza a mini-anatopism on a plate? How about lobster in a burrito or sushi made with Maryland crab? Are any of these things anatopisms or just evidence of globalization – or both?