Post-Colonial Theory Issues
Post-colonialism or a post-colonial
theory is the direction of thinking in philosophy, theology, political science,
history, as well as literature, since the second half of the XX century, aimed at
understanding the implications of colonial rule.
This paper aims to answer
the question: If colonialism was different from the modern globalization
Globalization is a
process of increasing interaction between nations, cultures, and people, which
is manifested in the growing movement of money, ideas, literature, culture, and
more. Globalization is mostly an economic process which has many other aspects.
Thus, through international trade, exports, production outsourcing, and international
marketing campaigns cultures and societies of the world intertwine more and
more. Therefore, it seems that the culture of the Western World countries
becomes more prominent in the other parts of the globe as multinational corporations
extend their reach all over it. There are numerous examples supporting the claim
saying that colonialism does not remain
in the past, but in fact, it simply
crossed into another plane.
Thus, one of the latest
stories says that Disney has chosen a Chinese actress to play Mulan, a “Chinese
heroine who dressed as a man to join the army” (Seal, 2001, p. 180). The main
issue of the story is the fact that the choice to cast Asian actress to play an
Asian character was only made after significant pressure from the audience, and
the controversies surrounding Hollywood’s previous practices of casting white
actors to play people of different races and cultures (“Disney casts
Chinese actress as Mulan”, 2017). Therefore, Hollywood implants the idea
that white actors from Western countries can better play characters of other
races than actors of the same race. International trade between advanced
economies such as United States, Western Europe, Canada, and emerging economies
generates situation which is similar to colonialism in many ways. Thus,
advanced economies export many more culture-bearing goods and brands such as
McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and even Santa Claus as an attribute of New
Year, and commercialized Christmas. Therefore, through globalization less
advanced economies take values, culture, and languages of more economically developed
countries as their own, and quite often people want to move to these countries.
Thus, globalization in its current state seems to be very similar to
casts Chinese actress as Mulan.
(2017). BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2018, from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42177082
Seal, G. (2001). Encyclopedia of folk heroes.
Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO.
I’ve read an interesting
story in BBC about this Asian actress. Disney chose an Asian actress to play
Mulan in an upcoming movie. That was interesting
to know, as you see, the guys in Hollywood often chose white actors to play Asian
characters, and it brought me to the boiling point. That is disgusting. Such racists
are making the Western World look like England in the colonial times. You see, they
do this because they think that white actors are better, or because they think
the western audience will better perceive
white actors in the main role. It turns out that Hollywood thinks that Chinese
people are inferior to the white westerners.
I believe that
globalization today is no better than colonialism in many ways. All those
McDonald’s, Starbucks, and other locations all over the world, they bring the
western cultures to every home in every country. Those corporations impose
their vision of life on everyone only to increase their profits. Marketing campaigns
continue to promote the Western style of life as superior to other nations, and
all of this simply repeats colonial practices only in a different form. People
in emerging countries want to live better, to prosper, and they see all these
advertisements, TV shows, movies depicting successful and bright Western Society,
and start to believe their culture is inferior. That’s why it seems to me that
globalization will not lead to the emergence of one big society, or at least to
the emergence of the society which will equally represent each nation or the
way of living. It is more likely that such a society will be based on a
dominant culture as it was in the days of colonialism.