Southeast Asia’s cultural diversity came about almost entirely because of geography’s impact on the region. Without the factor of isolation that is apparent in the region’s geography. These differences are mostly cultural, as there are some examples of similarities in amongst some nations, but they are not cultural. An example of diversity in Southeast Asia is the arts. All the countries have their own variations of music and theatre. None of it is precisely the same. Another cultural difference would be ideas of beauty. Some nations believe black or sharp teeth are beautiful while others don’t consider either beautiful. Also, family traditions vary throughout Southeast Asia. for example, some cultures are taught to avoid eye contact as part of etiquette. None of these cultural differences would have happened if geography did not separate people from each other. If the population was in one area, culture would probably developed only one way.
In Japan, most art is kept traditional. Throughout time, outside cultures have not had much impact on Japanese arts. There are many traditions held dearly to Japanese culture in the arts. These vary from performing arts to ceremonies. One example of traditional Japanese theater is Kabuki. In Kabuki dramas, the lives of warriors are told and all characters- of either sex- are portrayed by men. An example of Japanese literature that has become extremely popular throughout the world is haiku. Haiku is poetry form that centers around a rhythm scheme 5-7-5 and lack of rhyming. The only art form that seems to have been penetrated by western culture is music. Japan’s music scene is heavily influenced by any sort of western music; from classic to post-avant jazzcore. It seems Japan has had a bigger cultural effect on the whole world than the whole world on Japan.
Communism certainly plays a large role in the pollution of China. The government has recently been heavily focusing on the industrialization and advancement of China. In this rush to industrialize, the aftereffects of such have been ignored. With industrialization comes a larger population for working. With a larger population comes a bigger amount of trash. With that comes less space to put that rubbish. It’s a long chain reaction that’s rather upsetting and not necessarily unpreventable. If the government were to pay more attention to waste removal, there would not be such issues as streets lined with trash.
Another result of China’s neglect of environmental issues is the runoff from the industrial factories. This was shown in the video about “Cancer Villages.” The factories just send their waste where ever it may land, regardless of whom it may affect. Chromium has gone into water used for farming, which poisons the crops villages eat. Many have gotten cancer from this. China has turned its back to issues like this, just reluctantly shutting down factories, as they are disposable if problems arise.
The Arab Spring’s causes were mostly related to people not liking the way their government was being run. It seems that political repression was the main cause of all the protests across the Middle East and not exclusively one country. The political differences were mostly about demographic changes. If it weren’t for the young people in the region, Arab Spring would have most likely not happened. Access to Facebook and other social media sites really is what they had exclusively and what started it all off.
The importance of social media is that Arab Spring would not have been possible without it. People have been upset with their tyrannical governments for a long time, but their protests were easily snuffed by the government. Yes, Egypt shut down the internet in response to Facebook campaigns, but in reality that didn’t stop what it had put into motion. Some people may not have seen it, but others did and those people had other ways of spreading. The cause and driving force here really is a new level of connectivity with technology.
Exiting the vehicle, it is noticeably busy. The streets has a steady flow of traffic with mostly normal vehicles, with the occasional heavily armored one. Across the street is an open market place with various shops. The area is filled with people. Most are civilians, but some are soldiers. The people seem to be mostly calm, but there is a certain look of dying tension on their faces. There are areas along the street that have only the remains of buildings, but they are juxtaposed by glimmering and pretty new buildings. Restaurants and stores. The store seem to sell a combination of old and worn items and fresh-from-the-factory items that are squeaky clean.