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Download ´ AmalgaNations 109 ð When the West meets the rest what comes next Fuelled by curiosity and wanderlust reporter Doug Hendrie travels to the edges of our world to find the answer a series of unexpected – and bizarre – cultural mash ups from the StarCraft videogame superstars of South Korea to the Clash loving punks of Indonesia; from gay poWhen the West meets the rest what comes next Fuelled by curiosity and wanderlust reporter Doug Hendrie travels to the edges of our world to find the answer a series of unexp. AmalgaNations from Australian freelance journalist Doug Hendrie is an entertaining introduction to some rarely reported fascinating examples of the cross cultural impacts of globalisation It’s almost a travel book but not as you’d know it; Hendrie describes destinations and his human subjects with a greater depth of cultural insight than many Traversing the planet from the phenomenon of professional video gaming in South Korea to the surprising balancing act between Catholic faith and gay sexuality in the Philippines to Ghana’s uirky shoestring budget populist film industry to the political punks of Indonesia AmalgaNations is a fascinating journey of discovery into the cores of some little known subcultures Often humorous Hendrie finds reach beyond the average book on popular culture and the depth of his cultural understanding and perception of his human subjects is engaging and endearing Whether you are a student or academic interested in popular culture globalisation and subcultures or a citizen of the world seeking to enrich your cultural knowledge this will appeal to you More from Doug Hendrie at his blog wwwdoughendriecomau

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Ected – and bizarre – cultural mash ups from the StarCraft videogame superstars of South Korea to the Clash loving punks of Indonesia; from gay power in the Catholic Phi. Simply put Doug Hendrie's beautifully written AmalgaNations is brilliant With the eagle eye of Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin at their best and the cheerfully dry wit of Bill Bryson this book would work as a travelogue But where some travelogues aimlessly wander Hendrie's book is a valuable eyewitness account of the fascinating and wonderful cultural mishmash in a post Globalised world To that end Hendrie's genius is threading together his central premise through four rarely if ever reported sub cultures across four different countries StarCraft video game superstars of South Korea; the Clash loving punks of Indonesia; LGBT communities in the Catholic Philippines; and street filmmakers of Ghana Sometimes bizarre often hilarious and always informative Doug Hendrie's first book soars More please Doug

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AmalgaNationsLippines to the street filmmakers of Ghana A whirlwind world tour through surprising subcultures told with subtle humour AmalgaNations picks up where Louis Theroux leaves of. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and am grateful for the opportunityHendrie's assertion from the beginning of the novel that globalization is a positive change is very optimistic possibly a little too optimistic for my taste He lightly refutes some of the arguments against globalization but I think he does not take those charges seriously enough Many cultures are being torn apart and erased by globalization and he should take that into account What makes his argument even confounding is that much of his material actually seems to oppose his primary thesis When discussing the impact of Starcraft in Korea he notes that Korean companies have been unable to compete with the foreign games but doesn't consider the conseuences further Much of the issue with homosexuality in the Philippines comes by his own admission from foreign sources imposing their own ideas on the archipelago and suppressing local customs Although the Ghanian cinema is uite uniue and embodies parts of Ghanian culture Hendrie still suggests that Nigerian cinema is gradually absorbing and neutralizing the institution In all these cases his view that globalization is good falls shortOn the other hand I think that the real issue may be that Hendrie never made his true argument clear What he emphasizes is how the local culture has the potential to endure the changes of globalization by adapting the foreign concepts on its own terms For instance the points about Ghanian cinema and the customary tolerance of homosexuality in the Philippines highlights how those cultures are staying alive in their own way In this manner he offers a light of hope that globalization does not necessarily mean the loss of local values but rather a transformation that preserves it in a new form However his introduction and title don't make that entirely clearThe range of the four cases considered in the book seems fairly limited Three of the four were in parts of Asia particularly along the eastern coast and the Philippines and Indonesia seemed especially close It would have been nice if he spread out the stories a little accounting for other continents such as South America and EuropeEach section was subdivided into multiple small chapters The chapters had a decent arrangement but sometimes the ideas between the chapters seemed to jump around without a strong connecting forceHendrie put a lot of personal research into this book and I found the different stories about the cultures to be intriguing The overall themes and structure of the book could use a little work but I still enjoyed reading the book