Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The man from Malaysia smiled as he talked about his nephew’s graduation. “At the end of the ceremony, they showed us their class grad video. It’s become a tradition at his school, but I was stunned by the whole thing.
The video contained pictures of all the students, complete with the sound track of ‘My Addiction’. You would have thought you were watching MTV right here in the middle of Kuala Lumpur.”
He went on. “Turn on the radio and it’s more of the same; you’ll hear American-sounding DJ’s playing Western music right here in KL. And it’s nothing new. It’s been that way for years. ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Magnum PI’ are cultural reference points here for people my age.
I know you may think of this as globalism, but remember the term ‘globalism’ is an English word. The way I see it, it’s really about assimilation of Western culture.
I’ll agree to use the word ‘globalism’ when I see people in North America referring to Confucius regularly. Until then, this cultural exchange is a one-way street.”