Globalisation is about knowing your cultures
The historical town of Melaka is under chaos culture. Similar to many historical places in Malaysia, the political wills/show hand always override the local culture calls.
It is a dilemma for under-developed countries to choose between development vs preserving “old-style” of living. Where development might bring economic and better living standard, but with a price of pollution, stress and destruction of the old-style living
Such dilemma are rare in industrial countries or first world countries. The people know their culture stand point. They are not hesitate to preserve their culture, “old-style” living; even preserving it come with a hefty price tag.
I like the banner on the ceiling.
Read from right to left. The glyph is compose of 2 Chinese verb. The first 2 glyph start from the left means quite and calmness. And the last 2 glyph mean lasting, enduring. The 4 glyph bring the meaning of “Calmness and quietness bring endurance”. Advise given by Zhur-Ger-Liang(AC 181-234, a key character in Romance of three Kingdom) to his son.
Similar meaning are found in English proverb : “A rolling stone gathers no moss”.
In fact, no culture are able to thrive until the dust settle, when the society achieve the calmness to think, to learn in order to build and innovate.
Perhaps some people in Melaka (and also many people that don’t understand what real culture values of various races) refuse to grab the idea of calmness.
No one will view USA as cultural desert. Because anyone can pointed out USA inherit the English world literacy and culture. A huge English culture world which outshine the cowboy culture!
On the other hand, many Malaysian has failed to realized some calmness in various racial culture.
Just take example of music instrument.
How many people know that Malay inherit and reinvent various music instrument besides the monotone Kompang ? How well do you know about India drum, where a master can beat with a high speed tempo which deem impossible for many pianist? Besides the kung-fu like lion dance, drum beating, did you ever know that the Chinese music string instrument are actually instrument from minority races in China?
Cultural heritage amnesia
When an English educate Chinese watch Japanese manga, dragon balls; playing the video game of “Romance of three kingdom”, they have little idea it is a literacy inherit from China. It seems Japanese has little burden to embed the literacy as their own heritage.
On the other hand, it is common for many Christian or English speaking Chinese to ditch own heritage as it is barbaric compare to the English culture. Similar is happens to Malay and India that know little about their own culture literacy, besides the traditional practice.
Cultural chauvinism vs cultural interchange
For 50 years, many Malaysian still doesn’t have a clue why the national unity fail. And no many realize how the culture play the part on localization to prevent one engulf by globalisation.
Bertrand Russell has mentioned the cultural integration issue in his book The problem of China” : When two culture meet, there is only 2 outcome when one has little idea about their culture focal : i) Blindly accept the foreign culture as superior and ditch everything or ii) endorse ditch the alien culture and prevent any possibility of learning it.
While the only way out from the dilemma are cultural interchange . When one culture strengthen the good values of the culture, integrate the weakness with new culture.
Name 5 cultural substances from your own culture and briefly describe it. It can be a relic, person, instrument, novel, food, festival, etc.
Anyone willing to take the challenge?