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

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


Sochi Olympics Played Differently to Different Audiences

Games reflected Russian traditions and pride
Liz Clarke
February 24, 2014

Laos in Danger of Losing Jobs, Culture as Chinese Pour In

Unusual report from Chinese newspaper reflects on rapid loss of culture and control
Ken Quimbach
February 19, 2014

Linking to Free Web Content Is Legal, Says EU Court

The internet is about sharing, and links to free content are free for all
February 17, 2014

Coca-Cola's Multilingual "America" Ad Didn't Hit Wrong Notes

Critics moan, but foreign and multinational firms account for millions of US jobs
February 5, 2014

Asia's Global Travel Boom

Chinese travelers are world’s biggest spenders
February 3, 2014