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.

Cannes, a k a Asia West

Asian films grab all the attention at this year's Cannes Film Festival
A. O. Scott
May 21, 2004

Egyptians decry 'gay' U.S. abusers in Iraq

But rights advocates warn against equating homosexuality with torture
Patrick Letellier
May 17, 2004

State Department Rights Report Released After Delay

Friends and foes held to the same standards we hold ourselves, says U.S. deputy secretary of State
Salamander Davoudi
May 18, 2004

Green Cuisine

Cooking styles around the world find unripe fruits a delight
Maricel E. Presilla
May 27, 2004

Language Schools Fight Image War

Visa curbs seen hurting institutions, foreigners
May 5, 2004