Cultural Geography Competency


The flow of trade, people, technology, culture and ideas throughout the world.

The Four Categories

List & Describe the 4 Categories of Globalization

In a technological revolution, goods, people and ideas can circulate faster. There would be developments in things like harvesters so goods can be collected more efficiently. Also, transportation would become more accessible allowing people and goods to be transported faster. With developments in things like smartphones and computers, accessing things online would become easier. That way, ideas could be shared faster and with more people.

Problems arise all the time. One problem that could happen between the U.S. and Japan is that Japanese workers ask for a higher pay. There are two main solutions; the U.S. pays the workers the extra money or they bring the jobs to another country. An example of a technological problem would be that the Japanese workers don't get the latest technology so they're working harder and slower. A solution would be to upgrade the technology so the workers can be more productive. An environmental problem would be that Japan is taking wood from the U.S. to use in their own products. The two countries could work out a deal where Japan gets the wood but the U.S. gets some of the profit. Lastly, a cultural problem would be if Japan made a video disgracing American culture. The United States could respond with peace and try to get Japan to apologize.

Maps of Japan

What conclusions can you draw from reading maps?

In areas where there are many jobs and business, there are bigger populations and more transportation to and from the area. Thousands of Abercrombie & Fitch sweatshirt are made in some of those businesses. First, cotton and other raw materials are gathered for the sweatshirt. Then, the cotton gets made into fabric and the fabric gets sewn together and any other extra pieces are added. Finally, the whole product is shipped off to retail stores to be sold. Those sweatshirts travel between numerous countries before getting to its final destination; the consumer.

The population of Japan isn't very spread out. Most people live near a big city which has many businesses like oil refineries. Also, areas where there are a lot of natural resources like copper and zinc tend to be less populated. Japan's physical features also effect where people live. There are low populations in places where it's very rocky and there are a lot of mountainous areas. The climate has a big impact on population. Hardly any people live in the northern part of Japan since it gets quite cold. Southern Japan is more temperate and a greater number of people live in that area.

Explain the Relationship You Have with Globalization

All the things that come out of my relationship with globalization can fall into at least one of the four categories. Globalization has had a big impact on my life. It has allowed me to carry all of the world's knowledge in my pocket. My phone is a product of globalization. I'm able to know the answer to almost anything in a matter of seconds. But, not everyone knows how to limit that. Phones and other technology have been making people less social in real life and more online. So many people today can't go even an hour without updating their status or checking how many followers they have. Globalization isn't all bad though. It's allowed me to try authentic French cuisine then watch a Korean film without even leaving my house. I'm able to see so many different cultures in one place because of globalization. That's not always the best. Since everything is so easy to access and most things can be done without even going outside, many people have become much lazier and introverted. That leads to obesity and again, more antisocial people.