Yoko Tawada Wins the U.S. National Book Award

The English edition of "Kentoshi," or "The Emissary," a work by Berlin-based Japanese writer Yoko Tawada (b. 23rdMarch 1960), has won the U.S. National Book Award in the translated literature section. Tawada has won numerous Japanese and German literary awards, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, the Noma Literary Prize etc. She writes in both languages, Japanese as well as in German. The National Book Awards are one of the most distinguished literary prizes in the United States. Jiji Press reported that the winners of this year's awards were announced on Wednesday local time.
Tawada, expressed her joy while talking with reporters at Waseda University in Tokyo recently. "I take my winning of the award as a message that it is necessary to look at the world at a time when the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump takes a stance of not giving consideration to other countries under his 'America First' policy," she stated. There are many creative artistic works, related to natural disasters, penned down by the Japanese authors. Kentoshi too is based on such a theme. This has been categorized as a dystopian novel, depicting an elderly man and his great-grandchild living in a difficult situation in Japan after a catastrophe. Shadow of 2011 earthquake and tsunami is very obvious in the milieu of the novel.
[Center for Culture & Global Studies Editorial Team]  


Japanese Food Culture 【時間を有効に】


By: 森島一紘  [Source FB]
【時間を有効に】
  
今年も残すところ76日一日一日を大切に
濃い時間を過ごしましょう!
  
  
お金持ちでも、そうでなくても、
「時間」は平等。
って言いますけど、
  
「体感時間」って、
子供の頃と、大人になってからでは、
違いますよね。
  
子供の頃の一日って、
いろんなことができたように思うのですが、
今の一日って、あっという間です。
  
学生時代の一年なんて
ものすごい長くて、
思い出もいっぱいあるのに、
今は
「あれ?年末?」って感じです。


10代よりも20代
20代よりも30代
30代よりも40代
加速度的に早くなっていく感じです。
対数グラフかよっていうくらいですね。
私の感覚だと、
体感時間って「年令分の一」
だと思います。
1歳の時(記憶にはないですが)を1として、
20歳は1/20 10歳は1/10 
だから20歳の体感時間は、10歳の半分。
50歳は1/50 25歳は1/25
だから50歳の体感時間は、25歳の半分。
  
どうです?
皆さんの感覚と、合ってます?
  
  
  
ですので、今年はまだ、
人それぞれの76日間がある訳です。
何をしましょうか?
By: 
森島一紘  
時間を有効に】
  
今年も残すところ76日
一日一日を大切に
濃い時間を過ごしましょう!
  
  
お金持ちでも、そうでなくても、
「時間」は平等。
って言いますけど、
  
「体感時間」って、
子供の頃と、大人になってからでは、
違いますよね。
  
子供の頃の一日って、
いろんなことができたように思うのですが、
今の一日って、あっという間です。
  
学生時代の一年なんて
ものすごい長くて、
思い出もいっぱいあるのに、
今は
「あれ?年末?」って感じです。
10代よりも20代
20代よりも30代
30代よりも40代
加速度的に早くなっていく感じです。
対数グラフかよっていうくらいですね。
私の感覚だと、
体感時間って「年令分の一」
だと思います。
1歳の時(記憶にはないですが)を1として、
20歳は1/20 10歳は1/10 
だから20歳の体感時間は、10歳の半分。
50歳は1/50 25歳は1/25
だから50歳の体感時間は、25歳の半分。
  
どうです?
皆さんの感覚と、合ってます?
  
  
  
ですので、今年はまだ、
人それぞれの76日間がある訳です。
何をしましょうか?
  
というか、何を達成しましょうか?
その為には、まず何をしますか?
計画通りの人は、そのまま頑張って。
計画通りでない人は、
今から76日間の計画を考えましょう。
  
  
今年の目標達成までの
行動を明確にして、  
それを、日々、やりきることが大切です。
  
特にアダルトな方は、
あっという間に過ぎてしまうので、
ちゃんと計画しましょう。  
  
  
夢を叶えるために、まだ踏み出せていない人は、
すぐに連絡してください。
  
あなたの力になります。
 https://bit.ly/2O9Ijvi   
あなたの夢を、聞かせてください。

The End of Globalism, Rise of Patriotism






Dr. Ram P Dwivedi
The University of Delhi, India



''We reject globalism and embrace patriotism, around the world responsible nations must resist the threats to sovereignty.''
-Donald Trump, UNGA 2018

The US President Donald Trump declared the end of globalism in his recent address at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It was the US, who, after the cold war, advocated actively for globalization and World Order. It is now obvious, that Americans want to backtrack the path created by them only. In the same speech, President Trump also made harsh remarks on World Trade Organization (WTO) and insisted upon bilateral ties among nations. The US doesn’t want to play a role of global leader, as it is no more a cost-effective phenomenon. Mr. Trump is very much clear in his vision to focus on ‘America First’ policy and he treats foes and friends equally on this matter. He is demanding more money from Japan and Korea to provide a security umbrella to them. At the same time, he indicated India and other nations not to buy crude oil from Iran. He said, 
Mr. Trump was critical to China & Russia and praised Kim of the North. He advised all the nations to follow patriotism. His address to UNGA is a new turning point and an important issue to analyze for the academics, social scientist and political thinkers.
The emergence of digital media, live streaming, photo, and video editors have broken the gatekeepers and ensured easy, smooth and low cast flow of information and news. According to Edelman a large number of people, particularly in India and China, believe in news spread by various media.


China: 73%
India: 63%
Canada: 55%
US: 47% 
Australia: 42%
UK: 36%
Turkey 23% {Media News trusted by common people}


Though the US and Australia are below 50%. Media is under severe pressure from the political parties and business corporations. The advertisers set the agenda for discussions in media channels and elsewhere. Even, Filter Bubble manages social media and echo communities are created. Overproduction of information has posed a threat to authentication. The lines between real and fake news have reached a hair difference. On one side Mr. Trump is advising all the nations to be patriotic at the same time he has expressed his anger and fear for China. He blamed China to interfere in America’s domestic affairs by the potential use of social network platforms. Mr. Trump’s apprehension is not completely baseless. In the last US presidential election, Russian intervention is under the radar of various investigative agencies. It simply implies that globalism cannot be reverted. It is a natural historical process of human civilization and Donald Trump very much know it. Then, why he is teaching a lesson of patriotism to the nations of the world. Obviously, he wants a better bargain for his citizens in terms of employment, lifestyle, trade balance and security. He no more wants America to play a role of World-lord at the cost of its citizens. This is a complete U-turn from the previous governments. The American aspiration to be a global leader is diminishing under the new regime. 
Trump administration has already kept away Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Paris Climate accord. His administration is also quitting from several other UN programs. Globalism was a brainchild of USA and with the turn of the century, it has become a burden on the economy. Though Trump wants to play a global role, but unwilling to pay for it. This dichotomy is reflected in his teachings of patriotism. The governments, which are unable to address the real issues of the society they ask their common folks to follow and propagate emotional paths. Social media has become an easy tool to inject these issues in the society by manipulation of facts, data, and information. 
Opinion building and opinion control through the extensive use of social media is quite prevalent. Digitally manufactured reality is flowing freely globally. Governments across the world are trying to put barriers on culture and economy. It seems to fail drastically. Citizens at the global level have to understand that the time machine cannot be reverted. Globalism is a futuristic idea empowered with information and communication technologies. Patriotism wouldn’t work long and as it emerged in the gone era of modernism. In post-postmodernist time, lies and love will walk together with greater warmth. Commitments will keep changing and governments throughout the globe, to retain their power, continue to mislead their citizens. UNGA members present in the assembly, laughed when Trump said, ‘Today I want to share the extraordinary progress we made. In two years my administration has achieved more than any administration had achieved before in history.’ There were several contradictions too. He concluded, ‘Let us choose the future of patriotism, let us come here to stand for our people and for their nations, forever strong, sovereign, just, thankful for the grace and the glory of God, God bless the nations of the globe. ‘ I only can say, ‘ God bless you, Mr. Trump.’

China’s Debt Trap



           Yoko Sakamoto


     International Studies School
   Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
      E-mail:info@globalculturz.org

OBOR (One Belt, One Road) Project or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are Chinese multi-layered economic aspiration to become a global power and challenge the American dominance-politically as well as economically. China is giving different types of loans to Asian and African countries for their infrastructure developmental projects. It has a very clear policy to encircle India, strategically, the biggest contender in the Asian region. China is funding Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar heavily. Pakistan’s several infrastructural development projects are not yielding anything till now and the interest on loans given by China is increasing. If Pakistan fails to repay, there will more pressure on the Pak Government and it will lose its sovereignty.  Sri Lanka, too, has failed to make repayments to Chinese debts and due to this reason; it has handed over its 

Language, Media & Truth


         Sandra Alva

Social Scientist at CCGS, Sao Paulo, Brazil
E-mail: sandra_a@globalculturz.org

All languages are media, though media consist of several other complex components. From verbal to the scripted one, languages have played a vital role in human communication and preservation of knowledge. Language needs an effective media for an effective communication and it’s true vice-versa.
The history of the evolution of languages is quite interesting. They are a complex system of arbitrary sound signs. This arbitrariness has given human mind to expand its imagination manifold. With the invent of print media, like Gutenberg Press, languages got more stability historically and geographically as well. Textual language began to dominate over verbal one and established a more authentic communication in human society. It also unburdened human minds to retain the knowledge and information through memory.

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