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

What the West Can Learn From Japan’s “Lost Decades”

Stagnation may be a form of sustainability
Roland Kelts
April 3, 2015

Attacks in Denmark, France Stoke Fears of Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe

Anti-Semitism may contribute to emigration to Israel
Beenish Ahmed
March 30, 2015

For Asian Americans, A Changing Landscape on College Admissions

High school students should develop their own passion and avoid college application stereotypes
Frank Shyong
March 24, 2015

All It Takes to Cross From Turkey to ISIS-Held Syria Is $25

NATO member Turkey struggles to control corrupt border guards who allow back-and-forth travel
Sophia Jones
March 2, 2015

Norway Muslims Encircle Synagogue to Support Jews

Most of the world expresses gratitude and cheers tolerance
Kjetil Malkenes Hovland
February 25, 2015