Politics of Globalization: Threatened by globalisation, indigenous children from Taiwan revive lost songs of their ancestors: Malay Mail

Globalisation 2019. the paradox of globalisation is that the more connected the globe has become, the more we realize how much we share in common while at the very same time the urge to draw distinct boundaries becomes more radicalized, militant, and often violent. part of this has to do with the unusual pace and scale of this global connection — what used to take thousands of years now occur weekly, daily. part of this has to do with a sense of chaos and lack of control — and loss of dignity — whether it is indigenous groups, oppressed groups, laid off auto workers, members of a small town. and of course, part of this has to do with the very unequal engine driving globalisation — imperialism is the engine driving this process, hence, the natural reaction. much as i love efforts like these — and as often as i volunteer my time and donate money to any effort to save the historic, the local, the quirky — in the larger context i also believe this: a culture/civilisation is alive when it isn’t spending a lot of time thinking about what it is or isn’t, and the moment one sees efforts to “save” it or to “revitalize” it, then something dreadful has already occurred. my application of this sense is pretty universal, all the way from efforts to make English as the official language of the US, to efforts to save Taiwanese as a language. in any case, this is the broadest theoretical framework for our semester, as always, open to debate, discussion, counter-examples, improvements, and so on. Professor Liang


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