In some ways it has to do with my perception and academic curiosity towards Globalism and what it is like to be an immigrant.
So I have finally started reading Pico Iyer's book "The Global Soul." And not even one chapter completed I found a few lines that echo out the feelings I have been getting while living here.
When thinking of globalism my mind strikes first at when I see Baskin Robbins or McDonalds here. Yet, I am guilty in taking in the pleasures of globalism, I mostly eat bagels at Dunkin Donuts and seek eagerly a great tasting pizza. But this is only about 15% of my experience in Seoul. The rest is well - Seoul.
CNN, part of the new media conglomerate for which I work - forbids the use of the word foreign on its broadcasts, and IBM, aiming...to be local everywhere, tells us in reassuring tones, "Somehow the word foreign seems foreign these days." Globalism has become the convenient way of saying that all the world's a single market.
Right now I am an immigrant. This city and its people are not the same as back home (obviously). I have come here to work and earn money to pay off debt back home. Yet, beneath all that I came here to experience globalism, to see for myself what it actually means. Unfortunately, my point of view right now is that globalism is something that spreads from the west and meets up in the east. This is an Eurocentric way of thinking and is typically quite arrogant to assume that globalism only starts at one point and ends up in another.
I hope to see that globalism is a phenomenon that doesn't happen as an event that spreads around the world. Rather it is possible to be a process of life that occurs simultaneously together. I guess I want to think first of the Earth and the globe and that we are all here together, and with technology and the fact that man doesn't isolate their selves anymore, that the world wherever you could seem the same yet different simultaneously. OK! that was a long sentence.
Anyways, besides the hunt for pizza or my trips to Emart to satisfy my soul, it is these moments when I reflect on my position and reason for being here, that I find to be most significant. In some way I hope to reflect upon and document these feelings and sightings. ;)