Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fast Fashion From UK to Uganda: A Reflection

Article link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7899227.stm

I found this article very interesting in the way it explained the intertwining and influence of the “first world” on Ugandan culture via globalization.  The article discussed globalization by describing the example of the UK's throwaway fashion as an environmental alert, saying, for example, that non biodegradable clothes tamper with the soil's productivity in Uganda. Apart from all this, what I found most interesting about this article was the issue of globalization in a more general sense. I thought a lot about the kinds of potential ideas that get trafficked when fast fashion hits Kampala-- that, perhaps, people from the UK or even America are generally wasteful or ungrateful. It also seems to me that an instance such as this could potentially lend Ugandans the opportunity to glorify the North for their access to wealth and power. If given the opportunity to respond to this article or speak to Ugandans, I would demystify the notion that everyone that resides in a “first world” country are all rich, or all white, or all uniformly equivalent in their ability to access resources. 


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