Pizza As Global Cultural Currency
Hwang Kim's "Star Pizza" series offers North Koreans an interaction with Western pop culture.
The politics of fast food often center around the classist health problems of many Westernized countries — why fatty foods (as opposed to nutritious foods) are made more readily available to the poor. However, in the age of globalization, the lack of presence of pervasive Western commodities has a very different political currency in the case of totalitarian states. In effect, it has a way distinguishing participation from global relations through trade — cyphening off its cultural production away from the global stage.