What is ‘Hip-Happenin’?

When thinking about what to write, I had no idea! I’ve never particularly been exposed to hip hop but I have definitely learnt a lot this week. Hip hop has a lot of representations. It can represent place, ethnicity, language or a group of people. I was particularly surprised that Samoans were amongst the first break dancers. In Henderson’s reading it states that it “enabled the children of migrants to have the confidence to learn and perform traditional dance at Samoan gatherings” and are among the “practitioners of popping, locking and strutting.” (Henderson, 2006) This illustrates that the Samoan culture has adapted to today’s culture but have kept their tradition and heritage.

Of course in today’s society, there is an image of certain ‘gangsta’ images that has been seen to have quite a negative connotation. In particular there are stereotypes of gender and racial differences with the ideal being of male and African descent. This concept is being eliminated with the introduction of new forms of hip-hop and rap. In Australia, majority of the most famous rappers are ‘white’ males such as Pez and 360 who are becoming more mainstream with collaborations with musicians such as Gossling and Josh Pyke. Through this week, it has enabled me to see the transformation of hip-hop and the way in which society today has benefited from the traditional ways of past cultures.

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“I’ve Been Everywhere Man…”

With the advancement and constant evolution of technology, travel is becoming more affordable and more achievable. This is evident through the ever increasing arrival and departure of international students. Marginson describes international education as “a process of externally mediated ‘adjustment’ or ‘acculturation’ to the requirements and habits of the host country” (Marginson, 2012). Basically in a nutshell, international education is all about getting out of your comfort zone and giving every opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture a go.
Throughout the reading, Marginson describes the idea of ‘self-formation’. I think she is absolutely right. With the huge influx of exchange students at Campus East, it is easy to see their transformation from the beginning of the year to the end. After talking to exchange students, particularly Americans, I can see the way in which they have developed as people and the change in attitudes as a result of getting out there and immersing themselves in a different culture. A general consensus is that they love the laid back attitude of everyone here.
Marginson also utilizes the idea of multiplicity and hybridity to describe the process of self-formation. Multiplicity refers to the multiple connections we have and the way in which, we as individuals, change with different people and settings. The second strategy is hybridity which refers to the way we “combine and synthesize” different cultural aspects. In regards to these two strategies, I believe they are absolutely spot on. We as individuals have to adapt and change to experience new cultures and ways of living. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope one day I’ll be lucky enough to experience international education.

Marginson, S (2012) “International education as self-formation” reading

Globalising the World

Whether we like to admit it or not, globalisation is an inevitable process occurring throughout the developed and developing countries of the world. Whether you’re all for it or utterly against it, it is vital to the development of the world. It has allowed us to become more connected and has given us the ability to choose ‘where we are from’. The main contributing factor of the development of globalisation is technology. It enables us to be informed and communicate with people all over the world creating opportunities and experiences previously uncommon or difficult to achieve.

Globalisation however, can be seen from contrasting views of dystopian and utopian ideals. The utopian aspect of globalisation can also be addressed by Marshall McLuhan’s term of the “Global Village” which was introduced to portray the idea that globalisation is able to bring people together no matter where they are in the world allowing communication within the ‘global village’ Ultimately it changes how we interact with one another. It allows us to communicate globally. On the other hand, a dystopian view is evident. Globalisation especially through the media can affect political and social norms through representations and portrayals politically, economically and socially.

Imagine a life without globalisation though. You wouldn’t be able to walk down the street and be offered an array of world cuisines, or be exposed to other cultural film industries such as Bollywood or get the latest gadget produced in Europe. We wouldn’t be able to connect throughout the world or be exposed to other cultures. Where would we be without globalisation?