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Globalization and Cultural Dilution

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PRESENTS...... Globalization and Cultural Dilution What is Globalization? What is Cultural Dilution? What is Culture?

What are the effects of Globalization on culture?
Effect of Globalization on Culture What effects does it have on the living standard and lifestyle of people? How has it affected the language?
How has it affected the traditions?

How has it changed the world economies and buisnesses?

How has it affected the environment?

Globalization is a process of interconnection.
It creates an interconnected world through global trade, migration, culture and communication.

A particular form or stage of civilization, in a certain nation or period (Dictionary.com, 2010) Anthropology.
Culture passes on the ways of living built by human from one generation to another (Dictionary.com, 2010)
Behaviours, beliefs and characteristics of a particular social, ethic or age group (Dictionary.com, 2010) References Dictionary.com, 2010. Culture | Define Culture at Dictionary.com. Available at: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/culture [Accessed April 17, 2010]. The blending of cultures The westernization of culture across the world A movement towards homogenization A process of our lives becoming more similar through the influenced transnational corporations


(thegreenbush, 2009) But what is it really?
Does "interconnectedness" mean that we are connected through the world creating better lives for each other? Can we be sure of that? (BBC, 2009) Less economically developed countries More economically developed countries BBC, 2009. BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Development indicators. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/development/contrast_develrev2.shtml [Accessed April 17, 2010]. Seems familiar? "Toxic Factories Take Toll On China's Labor Force" How about this? But moreover, what is culture to ME?

(Microsoft, 2010)

As a Japanese, I see the Japanese culture as always developing, changing and adjusting itself in the new generation.

However it is not the same with other nations.

I believe that cultures should respect the unique tradition each nation owns and develop itself in order to create sustainability for the next generation. (WordPress.com, 2010) (Musser, B., 2008) (Time Inc, 2010) (Spencer, 2010) thegreenbush, 2009. The Green Bush — My two cents worth as a Muslim and an Environmentalist. Available at: http://thegreenbush.wordpress.com/ [Accessed April 17, 2010].
Musser, B., 2008. Computer Graphics Fall 08 FRI/SAT: Brandi Musser. Available at: http://computergraphics6.blogspot.com/2008/10/brandi-musser_31.html [Accessed April 17, 2010].
Time Inc, 2010. TIME Magazine -- U.S. Edition -- May 15, 1950 Vol. LV No. 20. Available at: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601500515,00.html [Accessed April 17, 2010].
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Spencer, 2010. Toxic Factories Take Toll On China's Labor Force - WSJ.com. Available at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119972343587572351.html [Accessed April 17, 2010].
BusinessWeek, 2010. The Global Gender Gap - BusinessWeek. Available at: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/08/04/0403_bestforwomen/source/11.htm [Accessed April 17, 2010].
WordPress.com, 2010. SSCN Training « The World Cup and CSR. Available at: http://worldcupcsr.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/guest-post-nike-csr-in-south-africa-and-sport-for-social-change/img_0740/ [Accessed April 17, 2010]. Microsoft, 2010 MI VIDA EN ESPAÑA: . Available at: http://cafelili.spaces.live.com/?_c11_BlogPart_BlogPart=blogview&_c=BlogPart&partqs=cat%3D%25e6%2597%2585%25e6%25b8%25b8 [Accessed April 17, 2010].
(Banksy, 2008) (Multiply, 2009) Taste: Japanese Idea:India Cultural dilution? (BusinessWeek, 2010) When there's globalization, there's Labor Force. (Azam, F., 1999) (Andy, 2005) TNCs are taking over the world?? Banksy, 2008. P.A.P. Blog Human Rights Etc. Available at: http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/page/107/?pages-list [Accessed April 17, 2010].
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"THE WALMART-EFFECT" Let's take a look at... It's a "global market force". According to one famous study,

"Grocery stores lost 5 percent of their business, specialty stores lost 14 percent of their business, and clothing stores lost 18 percent of their business—all while total sales were rising 6 percent, mostly due to Wal-Mart." (Anderson, K., 2006) Is walmart forcing small businesses into bankruptcy? Maybe so, but think again.
It's the consumers, the shoppers, US who have made it possible for Wal-Mart's economy to grow so large.
We are voting with our wallets.
And we are the ones who need to pay attention to what we buy and where we buy it. (Anderson, K., 2006) What is the Wal-Mart effect on the local economy?
Or in other words, what happens to businesses besides Wal-Mart? So, what can we do?

Don't buy at Wal-Mart!
Change our consumer behaviour. The rate of labor force in LEDCs are increasing
and it's because of globalization. (2007) While people in MEDCs are living richer and healthier lives, people in LEDCs are living in poor conditions and some are even paying us with their future. (Anderson, K., 2006) Every 14 days, a language disappears. Cultural dilution is not the preserving of a culture, the resistance to change, multiculturism or cultural diversity.
But it is.... Why are they disappearing?
1) That's because the languages of powerful group have spread compressing the languages of smaller cultures. (National Geographic, 2010) 2) And as the big languages spread, children whose parents speak a small language grows up learning the dominant language. So, if they are not spoken, they become extinct. (National Geographic, 2010) Where are the languages endangered most?

1. Eastern Siberia
2. Central Siberia
3. Northern Australia
4. Northwest Pacific Plateau
5. Central South America
(National Geographic, 2010)

Now, from this we can see that these regions are not very developed and they are mostly aboriginal tribes Azam, F., 1999. NIKE and Child Labor. Available at: http://www1.american.edu/TED/nike.htm [Accessed April 18, 2010].
Anderson, K., 2006. Globalization and the Wal-Mart Effect - Probe Ministries. Available at: http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4218005/k.783A/Globalization_and_the_WalMart_Effect.htm [Accessed April 18, 2010]. International Monetary Fund, 2007. Picture this: Globalization of Labor - Finance & Development, June 2007. Available at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2007/06/picture.htm [Accessed April 18, 2010]. E.G. Hodske, 2009 Culture VS Torture. Web. 18 Apr. 2010. <http://www.weirdomatic.com/culture-vs-torture.html>. English is becoming stronger and stronger globally.
In Japan, English is becoming just as important as Japanese and now even elementary school students learn English at school.

There are arguements among the people in Japan that the students should learn their national language more properly before they take in another language. (Sebastian Schmieg, 2007) (Takeshita, 2008) Sebastian Schmieg. (2007). ThinkingShift. Available: http://thinkingshift.wordpress.com/2007/09/. Last accessed 19 April 2010.

Takeshita. (2008). . Available: http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/information/about/construction/kokusai-topb.html. Last accessed 19 April 2010. Destroying Planet Increasing Economy ----> Increasing Consumption ----> Increasing destruction ----> This is how it looks like. It's called careless consumption 1/3 of world's natural resources
gone Only 4% of forest left in US 40% of US waterways undrinkable (TheGreenBush, 2009) (TheGreenBush, 2009) (TheGreenBush, 2009) Natural resource exploitation
and pollution are increasing We only have one planet,
one chance. (Christine, 2009) (Christine Patton, 2008) (John LeKay, 2005) TheGreenBush. (2009). Curbing a Culture of Careless Consumption. Available: http://thegreenbush.wordpress.com/. Last accessed 19 April 2010.

John LeKay. (2005). MALA SPOTTED EAGLE. Available: http://www.heyokamagazine.com/HEYOKA.7.MEDICINE.MalaSpottedEagle.htm. Last accessed 19 April 2010.
Christine Patton. (2008). Rationing ... to save the planet?. Available: http://peakoilhausfrau.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html. Last accessed 19 April 2010. Christine. (2009). My Organic Day. Available: http://myorganicday.com/. Last accessed 19 April 2010. First of all, let's look at the... (My Rainbow Cafe, 2009) (Xiyin Tang, 2009) (Bella, 2009) (ETE retro food, 2010) (World News Network, 2010) Holidays Fashion Food The cultural traditions are being replaced by western traditions.
People are bringing in more western culture into their lives. My Rainbow Cafe. (2009). Getting Christmassy In Japan. Available: http://myrainbowcafe.blogspot.com/2007/12/getting-christmassy-in-japan.html. Last accessed 19 April 2010.
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Xiyin Tang. (2009). Jil Sander Does Uniqlo, We Muse On What The Designs Will Look Like. Available: http://www.refinery29.com/jil-sander-does-uniqlo-we-muse.php. Last accessed 19 April 2010. Conclusion...
Globalization creates an interconnected world...however many cultures are affected by this. Traditions, languages, and even the resources on the planet are being reduced to be replaced with the western cultures. It creates better lives for us...but who is "us"? The few rich people on the planet who consumes a large number of products?
Culture...they all mean differently to each of us and they are what we want to keep preserved. But culture is being diluted. And it's because globalization has come to a level that is nearly unstoppable. In this era where almost everything is becoming global and alike, we need to reconsider about the dilution of cultures.
Because cultures are what fundamentally created globalization.
And because cultures creates identity for each of us.
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