The rise of Western power has had a huge impact on South East Asia. Some of these influences have been negative, while some positive. Some of the more positive outcomes include modern medicine, sanitation, and technology. Yet how long do these influences remain positive before they turn negative. These are just some of the questions I think about when doing research. I recently red this article about a young female girl living in Peshawar, Pakistan. And recently their was a U.S volunteer group, that came to help work at one of the schools she attended. The author of the article explains how what seemed as an innocent desire to help others, wasn’t viewed the same in the eyes of the young girl.
Due to globalization, we have been able to connect and become closer to the entire world. Yet with this new access of connection, where are the limits defined? For example what allows the U.S to dominate and control on other countries. Is it just because of its power, and hegemonic influence? Since this is a broader question, and more difficult to define, I will present another question.
Currently U.S missionaries, research groups, and volunteers travel to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. A lot of time they come for great reasons, and utilitarian purposes. They teach English, provide new clothing, bring canned foods, and teach individuals about the modern world. Although this is all done out of wanting to help, and for good reasons, this doesn’t always come across. Rather it seems to say our lifestyle is better, and you should change your ways. A subtle way to off your support to the United States hegemonic worldwide power. These were some of the thoughts I came across from reading the article.