Asean Culture

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Good morning Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Immanuel L. Maglasang from Boonwattana School. Today, I would like to affirm to you that ASEAN CULTURE is for everyone. First, I would like to define what culture is. Most of us think that culture is just about Folk Dances, Festivals and Traditions. But culture is more than that. Culture is the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. Each country in the Association of South East Asian Nation or ASEAN has its own distinct culture. This difference in culture is what we call cultural diversity. Many people think that this cultural diversity is the reason why
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The globalization of economic marketing, especially in companies such as Pizza Hut and McDonalds, as well as the ease of traveling by plane from country to country making tourism into other cultures more common and global missionary efforts by many churches spreading the cultural habits from one area of the world into others.

The US is the perfect example of the loss of cultural diversity. As "The Great Melting Pot" we have for over a century encouraged people of all cultures to live together and to become close. This closeness, has led to marriages between what were once very different cultures and the creation of the US virtual either non-culture or homogi-culture.

I cannot say whether the long term effect of the loss of diversity is good for mankind in general, but as we lose diversity, we lose languages and customs and history. Also in many ways we lose our own sense of our own identities.
Question: "What is cultural relativism?"

Answer:Cultural relativism is the view that all beliefs, customs, and ethics are relative to the individual within his own social context. In other words, “right” and “wrong” are culture-specific; what is considered moral in one society may be considered immoral in another, and, since no universal standard of morality exists, no one has the right to judge another society’s customs.

Cultural relativism is widely accepted in modern anthropology. Cultural
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