Cultural Geography

Summative #1 Allie Thompson p. G


What is Globalization?

Globalization is spread of ideas, culture, technology, business, and economy around the world through global integration and development.

4 Categories of Globalization:

Technology is constantly being improved and spread around the world. People are always inventing new technology and innovating it. We can contact people all around the world because of technology. We can conduct business and easily communicate with devices like phones and computers. Transportation is a also a result of technology.
Economics factor into globalization by counties sharing business and natural resources through trade. For example, Americans can buy most of their products cheaper because people in other countries will work for less money to do it. Countries can exchange resources needed that are only found in that region. Economics can hurt and help people. It can give and take jobs from people.
The environment is what surrounds everything, what makes up the Earth we live on. Weather, climate, and physical features are all parts of environment. Globalization affects environment in many ways. Human activity, like pollution, can hurt the environment. But recycling, for example, helps the environment. The environment can also affect people. In negative ways, like hurricanes, and positive ways, like providing fertile soil for crops.
Culture is everywhere. Every country, region, state etc. has their own culture. It's what defines nations, and brings them together. It can be spread, shared, and influenced  through migration. It can describe what people wear, eat, believe, do, celebrate, sing, etc. It is a major part of globalization because it affects decisions that are made like where people want to live, trade, and conduct business.



The majority of China's population is in the southeast part of the country. The southeast is mostly bordered by the Pacific Ocean, which is good for trading. There are many rivers and major cities, like the capital- Hong Kong. Early Chinese civilizations were settled near the ocean, and over the last few centuries, the population has increased rapidly. It grows at the annual rate of about 13 million people. Most people live in the warm, subtropical climate  zone in the south, instead of in the north. Most of the country's natural resources are located in this part of China, which is one reason why people live here. They can use them for making materials needed to live.


China is a center of industry and production because of it's dense population, large amounts of natural resources, and many transportation routes mainly in the southeast.

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In some regions of China, the population of a square kilometer reaches over 900 people. There are many natural resources- some of them include coal, oil, petroleum, copper, lead, zinc, mercury, magnesite, tin, iron ore, mangese, tungsten, and molybdenum. There are many railways, highways, and roads. Most of the population, natural resources, and transportation are in the east side of China. People build where there's many resources to provide the materials needed to live in the 21st century. I predict that in the future, China's population will increase because of it's industry. But I don't think it will grow too much because of the laws against having more than one child. I think people will start moving into the northwest region, because soon the southeast will become overpopulated. They can bring natural resources over to the north, and build more roads and cities there.

The iPhone is 85% manufactured in the company Foxconn, located in Shenzhen, China. But different parts of the iPhone are made in other countries. They send the materials to China, who assembles the iPhones, and sends them to other countries like the US who buy and sell them to make money. Above is a picture of what elements make up the iPhone's parts.
The origin of iPhone parts:
Korea/ Taiwan: LCD panels, chipset, battery, DRAM and flash memory,
Mongolia: color screen, glass polishing, speakers, vibration unit, phone circuitry
US: A6 Chip, audio chip, controller clips, gorilla 2 glass
Europe: gyroscope


Technological revolution allows people, goods, and ideas to move more quickly around the world. Through the internet, people can share their opinions and information globally. Goods can be imported and exported with steam engines and planes like never before. And people can travel anywhere with this new technology and transportation.
Technology: Potential problems could occur like bad communication through countries, which could stop the flow of people, ideas and goods between the US and China. Sometimes technology doesn't always work, and we struggle to share information. Solution: As technology improves, innovators can make new technology have less flaws so they're more efficient.
PROJECT: Environment: China is always sending us goods overseas. All this transportation is bad for the environment. Weather by boat or plane, it's causing pollution. Solution: Create transportation that uses other fuels that are better for the environment. Problem solved: Convert natural gas into liquids like methanol or synthetic gasoline which is more earth- friendly. Results: There'd be less pollution, and this idea could be spread through globalization, and more people would use the new type of gas.
Culture: People worry that culture is slowly fading away as time goes by. As globalization increases, culture decreases. As the flow of ideas, languages, people, and goods between countries expand, the likelihood of having a variety of culture in the future lessens. This can happen through the US, China, and other countries. Especially since the Chinese want to imitate Americans. Solution: If people keep celebrating their native holidays and traditions, then cultures won't decrease as fast.
Economy: Each year, Americans lose their jobs to the Chinese. Since they'll work for less money, they'll make products cheaper for the US. This boosts China's economy, which isn't good for the US. Solution: The US can give more Americans jobs by manufacturing products in our country. There is a picture above showing the decrease in manufacturing employment in the US, which can be improved.
All of these problems and solutions are interrelated through globalization. The environment wouldn't be hurt if it weren't for the increase in use of new technology, like industry and transportation. And economy can be shared between different countries and cultures.


Globalization affects where, how, and why I live. I live in Chester, NH because my parents wanted to live up north where the weather changes with the seasons, and where its mountainous. Also, it's where we have family, and where my parents have to work. Another aspect of globalization that affects me is the ability to use technology for communication, internet, entertainment, resources, and information. I am able to travel by car, plane, train, boat etc. to places in the US and other countries. On the culture side,
I speak English since I live in the US. Where I live in NH, it's really cold and snowy in the winter, and hot in the summer. Because of our strong economy, I can get a good education and job. The things I buy are cheaper because of China and other countries. In five years, I'll be in college, living in a dorm somewhere in the US. Simple tasks will become easier than I can imagine now, because of new inventions that are constantly being made. And my children's lives will be even more advanced in technology. Technology will be faster, smaller, more efficient, easier to use, and better for the earth. Because soon enough we'll have to make sure our life processes aren't damaging the earth, or else it will come quicker than we think. Everything will be done electronically, instead of books and paper at school. Some negative ways globalization affects me and others around me are pollution,  and global warming. The pollution from factories and transportation isn't good for people to breathe, and it causes global warming. This melts glaciers, rises oceans, and will eventually change our climate negatively.

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