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Burma awards mobile contracts

Burma awards mobile contracts | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Burma awards lucrative mobile phone licences to Norwegian firm Telenor and Qatari firm Ooredoo, a government committee says.
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Density of Networks....

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The future home: self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit

The future home: self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Future homes and workplaces are set to be transformed into complex food production systems becoming self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, according to research due to go on public display in Britain for the first time next month.
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Is the English language conquering France?

Is the English language conquering France? | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
French universities could teach in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language - for others it's just accepting the inevitable.
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Who, what, why: Why build a ship tunnel?

Who, what, why: Why build a ship tunnel? | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
The Norwegian government has backed a plan to create the world's first ship tunnel. But why has nobody built one before?
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Think about your work on transport networks.... 

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Korean Cultural Diffusion in Manipur

Korean Cultural Diffusion in Manipur | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Korean Cultural Diffusion in Manipur
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Cultural diffusion in Manipur India

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Norwegian airline prepares for global expansion

Norwegian airline prepares for global expansion | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
The world is barely enough for Bjorn Kjos, co-founder, majority owner and chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle.
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Greenland reaps benefits of global warming

Greenland reaps benefits of global warming | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Inside the Arctic Circle, a chef is growing the kind of vegetables and herbs – potatoes, thyme, tomatoes, green peppers – more fitted for a suburban garden in a temperate zone than a land of northern lights, glaciers and musk oxen.
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Is Bruneian culture slowly disappearing?

Is Bruneian culture slowly disappearing? | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
IT IS sad to see how the Brunei traditional culture is slowly being forgotten like many other cultures in the world, as a result of modernisation and lack of efforts to disseminate the knowledge to th...
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The author talks about the consequences about lacking efforts and gives brief opinions about preserving the Bruneian culture.

It is really important that the Bruneian culture is preserved because culture is embodied in the material and social world and it gives us a sense of “who we are”, “where we belong”: a sense of our own identity, and identity with others.

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jisgeog's comment, March 31, 2013 5:49 AM
Great article. I like the comparison to how the Dusun culture ran seminars recently on important aspects of culture. a MUST READ!
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What does the future hold for China?

What does the future hold for China? | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
China's new leaders are tasked with governing an increasingly complex and powerful nation, writes the BBC's Damian Grammaticas.
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MDGs: how mobile phones can help achieve gender equality in education

MDGs: how mobile phones can help achieve gender equality in education | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Ronda Zelezny-Green: Mobile-based literacy projects can transform the lives of women in Africa and Asia, but access remains a barrier

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India's World-Wide Cultural Diffusion - Hindu Press International - Hindu Press International - Hinduism Today Magazine

India's World-Wide Cultural Diffusion - Hindu Press International - Hindu Press International - Hinduism Today Magazine | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
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"this news paper article is basically India's way of showing off its culture which is present all over the continent, reaching as far as in Toronto in the western hemisphere. it's interesting how india-based culture is said to influence other cultures"

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Park sworn in as S Korea president

Park sworn in as S Korea president | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Park Geun-hye promises a tough stance on national security and an era of economic revival as she is sworn in as South Korea's president.
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French Radio Quota Hasn't Alienated Fans : Listeners Stick With 'le Rock'

French Radio Quota Hasn't Alienated Fans : Listeners Stick With 'le Rock' | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
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It's obvious that the language barrier between the native french speakers and english speakers have already been broken. (This article I found dates back to April 20, 1996) It also shows the growing influence of English-language songs on French radio stations, so it demonstrates cultural integration.

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Behind the rhetoric what is really being done to combat desertification?

Behind the rhetoric what is really being done to combat desertification? | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Like most people living along the Sahel – the drylands between Africa’s tropical savannahs and the Sahara Desert – Mustafa Ba is all too familiar with the effects of desertification.
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North Sea cod stocks 'are recovering'

North Sea cod stocks 'are recovering' | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
North Sea cod stocks are on the road to sustainability, according to Marine Stewardship Council research.
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DR Congo 'worst place for mothers'

DR Congo 'worst place for mothers' | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the "toughest" place in the world to be mother and Finland is the best, according to Save the Children charity.
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Deepwater Horizon: Surviving the oil spill - interactive video

Deepwater Horizon: Surviving the oil spill - interactive video | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Many are still living with the aftermath of the huge oil spill in 2010 - explore this video and click on the hotspots to find out more.
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BBC Radio 4 - How different cultures are preserving their identity in the face of the homogenising effects of technology.

BBC Radio 4 - How different cultures are preserving their identity in the face of the homogenising effects of technology. | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
There's a fear that the digital world will make us all the same. But that doesn't seem that well founded if you look at how widely differing cultures are using technology to express their identity and values. We look at the music sharing culture of Mali in West Africa as explored by musicologist Chris Kirkley and hear from the vibrant and intoxicating atmosphere of the mobile phone music market in Mali's capital Bamako. Back in the UK we look at the interesting way immigrant communities maintain their cultural ties through technology and the unexpected effect this has on the growth of immigrant communities.
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The racist menace? Muslims declare victory in fight over ‘anti-Islamic’ Lego

The racist menace? Muslims declare victory in fight over ‘anti-Islamic’ Lego | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Austria’s Turkish community claimed a victory in its fight against Danish toy giant Lego yesterday after the firm agreed to withdraw a Star Wars toy set featuring a mosque-like building inhabited by an obese, hookah–smoking alien, following...
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Brunei calls for sustainable development of culture and heritage industry

Brunei calls for sustainable development of culture and heritage industry | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
The importance of passing down the richness of Brunei's traditional arts and crafts to future generations was highlighted by Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, at the...
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"In Brunei Darussalam, he said, “the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports recognises the great importance of preserving our culture and heritage for the next generation. Through our cultural policy and several other initiatives such as the establishment of cultural and heritage institutions as well as legislations and convention, it is indeed fortunate that we are able to still witness and enjoy some of the uniqueness inherited from the past”."

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This is a superb article, Haafizah.
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Wolfing down Singapore's wobbliest cake

Wolfing down Singapore's wobbliest cake | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Singapore has a diverse population of Chinese, Malay and Indian and seems readier than ever to celebrate its multi-ethnic history.
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Adoption of minority traits?
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How mobiles help deliver tiny miracles after war and natural disasters

How mobiles help deliver tiny miracles after war and natural disasters | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
For thousands of children around the world reunited, finally, with their parents after months or years kept apart by disaster, what we call Mother's Day will be a special cause for celebration.
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'Do you want burgers with that?' Teens in South Korea and Japan order huge portions of French fries and then spread them across table for bizarre 'Potato Parties'

'Do you want burgers with that?' Teens in South Korea and Japan order huge portions of French fries and then spread them across table for bizarre 'Potato Parties' | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
Cheeky teenagers in South Korea and Japan are ordering dozens of cartons of McDonald's French fries and then digging in as part of so-called 'Potato Parties'.
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Cultural diffusion via FOOD via MCDONALDS :D

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The Power of the Korean Wave [Insight]

As Korea continues to increase its soft power through cultural exports, we explore the growing power of the Korean Wave.
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this is an interesting video that explains the significant of the 'Korean Wave' on culture especially music and dress and also why the korean wave has spread in the first place. It does also indirectly influence other cultural areas as well. see for yourself (:

 

A MUST WATCH VIDEO :))

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Haafizhah Azizul's comment, March 24, 2013 11:28 AM
Yes, I agree with your point about other cultures, i.e. through the Korean wave, is diffusing other cultural traits (hence the cultural diffusion) but the fact that the locals are indeed embracing the new culture, isn’t that also another big thing? Cultural integration will ultimately lead to cultural hybridity, will it not?

I am not refuting the concept of the Korean/Hallyu wave which isn’t just ‘about Korea’, as JYP puts it. I mean… “the international spread of South Korean popular culture” is really the definition of Hallyu wave. AND, I am certainly not denying the fact that Korean firms are using this phenomenon as a way to help South Korea spread her culture—influencing other cultural traits which will, in one way or another, lead to cultural diffusion. I am really not trying to depict the Korean wave just as a form of overseas marketing strategy. Maybe I should be more precise when I wrote that comment. I meant to say that apart from living up to its own definition, it also serves as an overseas marketing strategy—a successful one— that makes the influence of Korean culture dominantly increasing.

So, technically speaking, marketing plays a huge part in cultural diffusion as well as globalization. While the other cultures such as Americanization, Westernization have already made a huge contribution to today’s world, the Korean wave is another emerging global culture that we need to take note of. Referring back to your response, it is obvious that the Korean culture is now a choice offered on the menu for the global audiences’ consumption and it’s all thanks to the media and the global market.

When you really think about it, though, realistically speaking, these Korean firms are aiming at having successful firms—one way of doing it? Embrace what is already there (just like how we IB-ers need to embrace the IB). What is already there? The Korean wave, that’s what. Kpop Idols, are referred to, as export goods. (Remember, Mrs P talked about this in class when we were discussing about the Gangnam Style video) Since these idols are well known, and they are endorsing Korean brands—that’s a method that is sure to have your products selling like hot cake. The world is changing fast and new technologies means the world is becoming more global and interconnected. Cultural diffusion, integration or hybridity are all consequences of trade—which of course, links back to the success behind this: The Korean Wave (on its own as well as an overseas marketing strategy).

However the spread of the Korean ideologies, the Korean wave isn’t done because the market is saturated back in their own country. It is mainly done to benefit the Korean economy. In the wake of Korean’s successful movie in 1993, the government realized the potential to strive in the industry thus opening its doors to the media market/industry. Then we have the KDramas, KPop music etc.

Having known that Brunei isn’t really well known for its Korean diaspora, the consequences of this wave, you can say, is relied on technology as well as the media.

Also, the Korean Wave, on its own, is imagery of cultural diffusion—it’s not just Korean culture on its own, no? It’s a form of hybridisation—Korean with a bit of western style. To say that the Koreans have imitated is somehow incorrect. Let’s just say that embracing this hybridity is the ‘secret’ to the success of the Korean Wave.
jisgeog's comment, March 31, 2013 6:02 AM
Haafizah, Raihan... a superb discussion. I think you have developed your ideas really clearly and formulated some excellent arguments. I would like to take 2 of these and reiterate them:
jisgeog's comment, March 31, 2013 6:21 AM
1) You begin to talk about technologies role in enabling the Korean Wave to take hold. This is possibly the first time that culture has been diffused so widely in this way as it is still a new, emerging industry. It links with the concept of time -space convergence. Now information is no longer limited by how fast we can physically move. Think about when the English started moving to Australia post WW2. Any cultural diffusion was limited by the speed of the boats, so the process took a large amount of time. Whereas now there are no limits of the speed of sending information, you can go to a new place and send, tweet and facebook photos and information straight away. Things go viral and ideas are spread.

2) You begin to talk about cultural hybridity, and you have touched on something Mr P and I have just had a conversation about. Is actually what we are seeing as the Korean wave in Brunei, actually Korean Culture? Haafizah, you begin to talk about how in fact, it has an element of westernisation. So what is being exported and subsequently adopted isn't really in fact Korean culture, it's an adaption of culture that is more accessible to the masses. What elements of other cultures can you see in Korean Wave? Certainly dress has been influenced by both Japan and America. Haafizah, you talked to me before the holidays about Korean Companies setting up in Brunei, is there evidence of glocalisation within these companies?
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France's Académie française battles to protect language from English - Telegraph

France's Académie française battles to protect language from English  - Telegraph | IB Part 3: Global Interactions | Scoop.it
France's Académie française, official custodians of the French language, has taken its battle to fight the invasion of English and bad French to the internet with a new interactive web service.
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Following from my previous post about the English Language influences in France....This is another strategy of the French to protect their own language (along with attempting to ban the popular English expressions to be used in the country). 

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