Briefly describe and interpret your understanding of ethnicity, language, and religion across your four countries. To your knowledge, are there internal conflicts due to these ethnic, linguistic, or religious differences? You might also consider how each country is similar/different to neighboring countries in its region.
Examples of folk culture
The textbook articulates a clear difference between folk culture and popular culture. Describe a few examples of folk culture that originates from each of your four countries. What are traits, customs, beliefs, practices, that are unique to each country, or a region within the country?
This might be somewhat challenging, but you can use any internet resources.
Access to popular culture
One way to measure access to the global diffusion of popular culture is through Internet or cellular phone usage.
Go to the Google Public Data site (use Chrome or Firefox web browser): https://www.google.com/publicdata/directory?hl=en_US&dl=en_US (链接到外部网站。)
Using the World Development Indicators dataset, find the data for your four countries on the following two indicators:
Fixed broadband Internet subscribers (per 100 people)
Mobile cellular subscriptions (per 100 people)
Again, create a table to lay out these two measures for all four countries. Describe similarities and differences you observe. How do you think access to global popular culture varies between your countries? Do you think this adequately describes access to popular culture? What other measures might be more helpful?
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) (UNESCO) World Heritages program seeks to encourage countries to protect their natural and cultural heritage. It has already identified over 1,000 ‘irreplaceable’ sites that are central to cultural legacy.
Visit the list of sites: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/ (链接到外部网站。)
Note that there are Cultural (yellow/orange) and natural (green) sites. Red indicates cultural or natural sites in danger of