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Sefali Patel January 27, 2010 Global East Asia (01:098:245) Discussion Sheet # 1 The question of what is the central process in globalization is one major issue Manfred B. Steger confronts. Globalization, as Steger discusses, is composed of five qualities, one of which is the expansion and stretching of social relations. These social processes, however, can be economic, political, cultural, ideological or environmental. Hence, the essence of globalization remains a contested concept. Steger applies the example of the blind scholars’ illustration of the various dimensions of globalization using the elephant. Each scholar had a different observation of the elephant, and therefore, his own individual perspective of globalization. However, as Steger advocates, a multidimensional approach to globalization is just as vital as focusing on each dimension alone. In “Asia’s Contributions to World Cuisine,” Sidney W. Mintz discusses the various influences, such as nutrition, diversity, and taste that Asia has had in global cuisine, and ultimately, globalization. Mintz mentions the swiftness with which food and cooking methods
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