“Perhaps in reaction to this onslaught of globalisation, regional and national identities are now cherished as never before. This is especially evident in ‘the West’, where we crave sushi from Japan, batik prints from Java, kung foo movies from Hong Kong, tango from Argentina, beaded jewellery from East Africa etc precisely for their cultural otherness,the fact that they have not been ground down and obliterated by the seemingly unstoppable advance of the glaciers of globalisation.”