1. Imagining New Worlds
Cancun, Mexico, looks remarkably different to the international tourists who
come to get away, to the Mayan descendants who farm their fathers' land, to the
Mexicans who find employment at resorts, and to the global corporations that see
opportunity for investments. These contrasting experiences of different people
in the same region are what geographers call "geographical imaginations."
2. Reflections on a Global Screen
The rapid globalization of the media is a trend that some countries fear will
homogenize culture, forcing out programs that reflect their own values to make
room for Hollywood's. But globalization is a two-way street; Hong Kong
stations can transmit their local broadcasts to Chinese populations in Europe and
the U.S. just as CNN can offer worldwide coverage from Atlanta.
3. Global Firms in the Industrializing East
Singapore has transformed itself into an economic powerhouse along the Pacific
Rim. In the early 1960s, multinational companies attracted by a highly skilled
and cheap labor force turned Singapore into a major manufacturing center. Just
a generation later, companies in Singapore delegate labor-intensive work to
Malaysia and Indonesia while bringing in new business in research,
development, and finance.
4. Global Tourism
The experiences of visitors to Hawaii, Malaysia, and Borneo are shaped by the tourist industry. Hawaii has the most mature industry, the product of
decades of development that preserved little of its indigenous culture; Malaysia
is following a similar path. Borneo is developing "ecotourism," catering to more
intrepid travelers. The paradox of tourism offers opportunities for local
development yet can destroy native cultures and environments.
5. Alaska: The Last Frontier?
Those who don't call Alaska home often perceive the 49th state as a pristine
wilderness, not considering the indigenous peoples who have inhabited the area
for centuries. Ongoing conflicts in Alaska highlight the difficulties of balancing
the needs of indigenous peoples and the wilderness with economic development
and modern life.
6. Population Transition in Italy
Although Italy is the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church, which
opposes artificial means of contraception, the country has experienced the
fastest and most extreme decline in fertility ever recorded. Some attribute the
decline to consumer materialism; others blame the underdeveloped welfare
system. Whatever the cause, the consequence is an aging population with fewer
young people to support it.
7. Water Is for Fighting Over
Along the parched California-Nevada border, various groups with compelling
yet competing interests claim the water of the Truckee River Basin. The
burgeoning Reno-Sparks area needs water to sustain the community, but high
levels in a local reservoir are destroying the cui-ui fish of a local Paiute tribe.
Farmers need irrigated water for crops, but the government seeks water further
downstream for a wetlands area. These conflicts illustrate how scarce natural
resources can shape a community.
8. A Migrant's Heart
Jatinder Verma, a man of Indian descent who was born in East Africa and came
to England at the age of 14, explains through a trip back to India how he is
caught between two worlds, struggling to preserve his cultural heritage while
being acculturated into his adopted country. His story demonstrates how
migrants think about their sense of place in relation to where they have come
9. Berlin: Changing Center of a Changing Europe
Berlin's emergence as Germany's new political capital symbolizes the end of
communism and a transformation occurring throughout the country and
continent. Many of the issues that Germany now confronts such as the shift of
considerable resources to rebuild Eastern Germany and the rise of neo-Nazi
sentiments are seen in microcosm in Berlin.
10. The World of the Dragon
What is happening in the East today, especially in China and Japan, disrupts
simple notions of East vs. West and challenges Western accounts of
globalization. This concluding program draws attention to developments in the
East that have potential consequences for the West and examines the role that
"overseas Chinese" play in the transnational network of the Chinese business