An example of cultural integration is the remaking of foreign films for American audiences. For example, the 2007 film "The Departed" is a remake of the Chinese film "Infernal Affairs." Other examples of cultural integration include American restaurants such as McDonald's opening branches in foreign countries such as Japan and foreign films playing in American theaters.
Cultural integration typically refers to cultural globalization. Globalization is a process that includes the interaction and integration of people, companies and governments of different nations. It is driven by an increased interconnection among countries in areas of economics, politics and culture, as well as international trade and investments.
The globalization and integration of culture is also aided by information technology. In the past, people around the world were unable to communicate, and interaction among people of different cultures was difficult. The use of information technology has increased the efficiency of communication through the use of phones, faxes, instant messages and video conference calls which aid in cultural integration and globalization.
Transportation technology has also caused an increase in cultural integration because it allows people to move around the world freely to find new homes and jobs or to allow them to flee from danger in their country of origin. As people spread out, their knowledge and culture spreads with them.