Part 3 – Early Culture Shocks in East-West Relations
The typically brutal treatment of the indigenes by the British invaders of Australia, followed by an almost successful attempt to create a white nation surrounded by coloured seas, led to an ingrained colour prejudice. Official policy was brutally discriminatory. The post-war intakes of European workers and the presence of some Asians did, however, result in a progressive lessening of chauvinism.Spiritual Globalization
To be an inhabitant of a one world is a vivid ideal for some who choose to envisage that all communities, nations and laws could exist as one harmonious system. In a new social system that would embody freedom and fairness by considering individual free will as well as the need for each to be willing to contribute to the ultimate good of the whole, we all could perhaps function happily.East-West Relations: Early Cultural Shocks – Part 1
The sudden arrival, soon after the end of World War 2, of a small number of English-speaking, modernised young Asians to study at Australia’s universities, created certain cultural shocks. These mutual shocks, reflecting the realities of colonialism, could impact upon future relations between East and West; that is, between a hither-to closed white nation exemplifying colonialism, and the coloured nations of south and south-east Asia.A Family of Man?
Prejudice and discrimination are universal. Prejudice is a matter of attitude; discrimination is action, reflecting prejudice. In certain nations, both prejudice and discrimination are endemic, because of a cultural (that is, an inherited) tribal stance that ‘they’ (the outsider) are clearly ‘not us’ (the holder of that stance). It is important for those who believe that all humans are bonded to one another through being co-created to overcome the ignorance represented by prejudice and discrimination.Are Embassies a Safe Place or Wise Choices for the Twenty-First Century?
We’ve been told, and you can probably read this in any given issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine, or on the news alerts from the Council on Foreign Relations that there is a culture clash between the Middle East and the Western World. Indeed, that would be hard to deny wouldn’t it, at least judging by global world events which hit our newspapers and online news each and every day. We are told by academics, at least in the United States, that “we must win the hearts and minds” of Islam.