The world in one city....(almost)
Jiae’s post got me thinking about a project I came across a while ago called ‘The World in one city’. I don’t know if any of you saw this, but in case you didn’t, the idea was quite simple. Two shy Englishmen living in London decided to try to find a citizen from every country in the world currently living and working, or studying, in London. They gave themselves one year to complete the task. One year later, they had managed to find people from 189 countries – according to the United Nations there are 192 countries (there is some dispute as to the actual number for various reasons related to politics/nationalism etc.) The pair are still looking for somebody from three places: The Marshall Islands, Palau and Tuvalu. So if any of you know anybody from those places living and working in London, I’m sure they’d be very happy to hear from you. You can have a look at their project on the website below. I think it’s an interesting idea...
The World in One City
Maybe the question is not ‘Which countries are multi-ethnic societies?’ but ‘Which countries are NOT multi-ethnic societies?’ Globalisation is a real ‘buzzword’ at the moment, but it’s not really new is it? I guess the reason it's on everyone's lips at the moment is simply the fact that technology and transportation are effectively shrinking the world in terms of transport and communication. Add that to the fact that, in population terms, the number of people in the world first reached 1 billion only about 200 years ago, but the most recent billion people have arrived in the last 12 years! Since I was born, world population has increased by about one third! No wonder people are talking about globalisation!! If we don’t start cooperating and learning to live with each other, we’d better start looking for other planets… Actually, that reminds me of a website created by Yann Arthus-Bertrand called '6 billion others'. Fantastic.
Uh oh, I'm rambling again....
to get somebody thinking - it made me think about something
there is some dispute as to - people argue about / something which is not generally agreed
buzzword - a word that is currently very popular (often in a business or political context)
to be on everyone's lips - what everybody is talking about
to shrink - to make smaller (not to be confused with 'a shrink' = psychiatrist)
no wonder - it is no surprise that...
ramble - to talk or write for a long time about something with no clear direction or purpose
Jiae, I enjoyed your posts. As usual, they were well-written, and as usual, there's a small but...I've copied some of your post below and want you to look carefully at the highlighted sections.
I think Korea is also quite famous for homogenous society along with Japan. I hardly saw foreigners wherever they were from until a few years ago. However, I can feel that Korea has become multi-ethnic society. I learned this from the class I’m taking at present. In fact, I see more foreigners and more tourists in cities than before. There must be many factors of that. I think the most interesting factor is international marriage. Intermarriage has become quite common in the countryside in Korea. These days in Korea, men in the countryside are having a trouble finding women to get married to, which make the men find women in other countries. Isn’t it interesting? Many Korean women don’t want to stay in the countryside helping their husband for farming or fishing and they want to get their own job in cities. Another reason for the lack of women can be the result of son preference. What about your countries?
To finish, a small task.
Since many of us live in multi-ethnic societies, I'd like you to go out and talk to someone you know, a friend, acquaintance, colleague or classmate, who is from a different country. I'd like you to ask them for a 'quote' about your country, about their impressions of your country, an opinion or observation. I'd then like you to post a comment including the quote and any of your own views about it. As an English teacher who has travelled widely and taught a great variety of nationalities, I've heard all sorts of comments and opinions about the UK - now it's your turn to get some views on your country!
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