Globalization vs. Culture

In the following link, you can read an article from a magazine called The Futurist, which discusses the vitality of minority languages considering the relationship between culture and one of the biggest threats to such languages: globalization.It shows how globalization suppresses identity in favour of standardization which is resulting in the death of thousands of languages and, consequently, the death of important elements of their culture. It also discusses how that process can be reverted through examples of minority languages such as Catalan and Welsh that managed to remain alive despite the pressures of majority languages and globalization itself.

Why I chose this theme

I’d like to begin by explaining why I chose this particular theme. I have a special interest for heritage languages because it is something that is present within my family, and though in a different context (with Japanese in Brazil, instead of any other language in the USA), I can relate to and understand some of the issues involving it. When an immigrant lives in a community with many speakers of their native language it is easier for them to adapt and feel included, but sometimes they only have their family to talk to and when you deprive the newer generations, like grandkids, for example, of learning that language it is limitating for both sides, for the immigrant who will have less people that can truly understand them and their culture, and for the descendants who are denied the opportunity of knowing their cultural heritage in a deeper level. Therefore, I believe that in such cases, children should have a bilingual education because if, in the future, they do not use their heritage language they can simply ignore it, however, if they wish to learn it at a later age it is a much more complicated and daunting process. Another good reason is the fact that not only bilingualism doesn’t cause any harm, but it can also be benefitial for the child.