Globalization wields powerful influence over societies and cultures. Business travelers and tourists both observe and distribute new ideas. New ideas, interactions, foods and products are tried, then embraced or discarded. With the internet or satellite television, films, publications, photographs, news reports and cartoons can travel instantly, entertaining or angering audiences around the globe. With social media like Facebook or Twitter, individuals offer news and own instant pronouncements on trends. Whether slowly through immigration or immediately online, these connections bring about some convergence of norms on fashion to human rights while also provoking challenges from traditionalists. A global society has emerged, and it’s tightly linked.

China's ‘Big Mamas' in a Quandary

Caught between the urge to repress and to make use of the Internet, Beijing sees its power eroded
Paul Mooney
April 12, 2004

Unnoticed, Democracy Gains in Southeast Asia's Islamic Countries

Despite extremist threat, pluralism flourishes in Islamic Indonesia and Malaysia
Goenawan Mohamad
April 16, 2004

The Hollowing-Out of Hollywood

'Runaway productions' boost profits but also take jobs abroad
Christina Klein
April 30, 2004

China’s Quiet Activists

Work by a network of NGOs to help people without challenging authorities gains new recognition
Shawn Shieh
February 25, 2009

Slumdog Paradox

Every city, every nation, has its riches and flaws – and globalization exposes them all
Sadanand Dhume
February 4, 2009

Headscarf Ban Misses the Point

France's proposed law illustrates cultural divide between the state and its Islamic population
Shada Islam
January 30, 2004


Japan Minister Follows Abe to War Shrine, Pouring Salt on Wound for China

The visits erode regional trust and respect
January 3, 2014

The Great War’s Ominous Echoes

The start of the 20th century was an era of rapid globalization, too
Margaret MacMillan
December 30, 2013

Rethinking Foreign Aid

The most sustainable programs are public and trust locals
Paul Farmer
December 25, 2013

A Torrent of Hyperbole

Charge of petty crime and routine arrest lead to diplomatic crisis
Nayan Chanda
December 23, 2013

Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

The pope likes to talk and joke, and every comment is recorded
Fiona Ehlers
December 20, 2013