Purdue University Globalization Discussion Response

Purdue University Globalization Discussion Response

Purdue University Globalization Discussion Response


Section 1 (600 words):

Select two characters from the texts who have experienced or been impacted by globalization. By comparing and contrasting each character’s experiences as they relate to globalization, endeavor to decide if the authors we’ve read this semester have a positive or negative view on the impact of globalization on our world. Use this video to help define globalization: https://world101.cfr.org/global-era-issues/globali…

You can discuss this by answering or thinking about the following:

  • How has globalization affected their ability to earn a living, develop relationships, travel (or not), select a path for their lives, express their identity, etc.?
  • Have the characters been affected differently by globalization? Why do you think that is?
  • Has globalization provided opportunities and/or caused challenges? Describe them. How is globalization the cause of what you’re describing?
  • Overall, has globalization has a positive or negative effect on their lives? Why?
  • How would the impact of globalization been different if the characters were born somewhere else? What about if they’d been born with a different identity? (Gender, religion, ethnicity, etc.)

The purpose of this essay is not to get you to answer all of these questions. Rather, I would like you to consider how our authors have meditated on the impact of globalization on their characters’ lives. Do the author’s express appreciation for the outcomes of globalization? Or do they express animus? What comment is being made about globalization through the portrayal of our characters’ experiences?

The essay should use examples from the texts and analysis of those examples.

Section 2

Select 3 of the quotes below and write a short response (150-200 words TOTAL FOR EACH) in which you:

  1. Identify the text from which the quote is derived.
  2. Briefly contextualize the quote in relation to the plot of the text. What is happening during the scene in which the quote is found?
  3. Explain the significance of the quote in relation to the themes and/or topics we’ve discussed in class or class readings. Remember our definitions of globalization when responding.


  1. “…she felt she was a small plant in a small patch of soil held between the rocks of a dry wand windy place…”
  2. “Makina spoke all three, and knew how to keep quiet in all three, too..”
  3. “It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power. There is a word, an Igbo word, that I think about whenever I think about the power structures of the world, and it is “nkali.” It’s a noun that loosely translates to “to be greater than another.” Like our economic and political worlds, stories too are defined by the principle of nkali: How they are told, who tells them, when they’re told, how many stories are told, are really dependent on power.”
  4. “I did Rosetta Stone on the plane but it hasn’t kicked in yet…”
  5. “She ran all the way down to the train station and jumped on a train and disappeared into the city, determined to sleep in public restrooms and rely on the kindness of prostitutes until she could make her own way in the world…”
  6. “Arranged marriages are a headache these days.”
  7. “…but that is the way of things, for when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind…”
  8. “At other times, on the fourteenth floor of a derelict apartment building covered in snow—in which a village lives vertically—the two men will squeeze onto a family’s sofa, in front of their television, and watch the new government’s broadcast, the new government they have just established by coup, and the two men will laugh at their new leader, marching up and down the parade ground in that stupid hat, and as they laugh they will hold the oldest girl watching television by her shoulder, in a supposedly comradely manner but a little too tightly, while she weeps. (“Aren’t we friends?” the tall, dim man will ask her. “Aren’t we all friends here?”)”
  9. “We could hear Jennifer Lopez playing from speakers in the neighbor’s house. My sister was singing along, quietly because she did not want the neighbor to hear her enjoying it and turn it off .”
  10. “A string of hotels facing the river was doing well off the mass exodus…”
  11. “It’s easy to be judgmental about crime when you live in a world wealthy enough to be removed from it. But the hood taught me that everyone has different notions of right and wrong, different definitions of what constitutes crime, and what level of crime they’re willing to participate in.”