Decolonization and Globalization
Imperialism led to the increase in population in Asia, China and Japan as it contributed to the ending of ethnic conflicts. Tribal conflicts had in the past led to the death of a lot of people in Asia. Strategies of health improvement that were introduced by the imperialists reduced the bereavement dramatically. Imperialism contributed to the decline of deaths. They did not just reverse the incidents of illnesses, food shortage, and tribal conflicts, but they also brought with them hygiene as well as introduced learning in Asia. Many western countries needed a place to sell their goods. The industrial revolution had changed these countries from being the end users of their products to being a global manufacturer of medical supplies as well as technological items. Therefore, imperialism helped in the advancement of economic power of these nations (Feuer, 1989). Furthermore, the imperialists could make more money from collection of levies from the increasing population in India.
China and Japan did not absorb westerners who tried to occupy their land. China was a major importer of tea and silk to the western countries. Western countries in return discovered the weaknesses of China and started trading in opium illegally. China eventually conceded and imperialists benefited from trade between them and China. Decolonization is defined as a change of collective political conditions or standings from that of dependency to a self-sufficient state. According to Strang (1991), “Political controls are seen as essential to primitive accumulation occurring in pre-capitalist economies or at the fringes of capitalized economies. But over time, capitalist arrangements supplant primitive accumulation based on simple coercion. Subsistence economies are monetized and drawn into world markets, peasants are driven into the city, and national and comprador bourgeois emerge” (pg. 431).
Women in Asia in a Globalized World
Globalization includes the relations and assimilation of individuals, manufactured goods, traditions, customs, as well as the means of governance all over the world. This is achieved through commerce and knowledge. Opening up of trade and commerce all over the world has contributed to the displacement of women manufacturers due to the financial backing of farming merchandise by the government. In instances where new investors have widened their base through expanding to other countries has misplaced women farmers from their land especially in Asia (Duiker & Spielvogel, 2012).
The government as well as the community in general should be involved in creating ways to empower women through availing them beneficial information that will enable them understand their political, civil, and human rights. Governments should also set better and concrete strategies that would prevent illegal activities transversely. Globalization has also had some benefits to women in Asia. For instance, it has increased the participation and contribution of these women in trade. Globalization has led to the assimilation of cultures from other countries all over the world. Ching (2000) brings forward the fact that, “globalization of culture is obviously part of the immense expansion and extension of global communications and world markets” (pg. 245). This has led to the creation of a regional identity. Ching (2000) further states that “The culturalist regionalism sets itself against the background of a specific regional economic development under late capitalism” (pg. 246). An assimilated collection that allows alignment and combination of procedures, practices, individuals, and character across Asia represents an alleged or supposed entrepreneurial accretion.
Ching, L. T. S. (2000). Globalizing the regional, regionalizing the global: Mass culture and Asianism in the age of late capital. Public Culture. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.
Duiker, W. J., & Spielvogel, J. J. (2012). World History: Since 1500. Boston, USA: Cengage Learning.
Feuer, L. S. (1989). Imperialism and the Anti-Imperialist Mind. New Jersey, USA: Transaction Publishers.
Strang, D. (1991). Global patterns of decolonization, 1500-1987. International Studies Quarterly. New Jersey, USA: Wiley Publishers.
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