Issues Surrounding Post Colonialism
Issues Surrounding Post Colonialism
Post-colonialism is an aspect that serves to establish equality and well-being for every man and woman regardless of their ethnic background, nationality, religion, gender and many other elements of life. As such, it aims at eliminating a sense of superiority of some cultures an element that is characterized with the west. It thus demonstrates that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity despite having such elements as color and gender being used as a parameter of superiority. In this light, post-colonialism demonstrates that every habitat on the planet is equally entitled to all available resources that can shape his or culture and well-being. It rightly points out how the West has consistently taken a lead in the exploitation of world resources while the rest of the world has been forced to let it happen. As such, a post-colonial analysis identifies non-west countries as in subordination to the West. The Latin America, Asia, and Africa largely are under the control of the West. Moreover, Postcolonialism does well to condemn gender bias that was evident during colonization and sometime before that. Man and woman should be regarded as equally gifted (Young, 2003).
Why Colonialism Remains a Relevant Issue
As much as post-colonialism offers an opportunity to establish equality, colonialism, an experience that many nations have had behind them remains an area of concern. Cantos and Santos perform a study that reveals a Western Culture that is well stuck in an attitude prevalent in the colonial era (2008). For individuals who have tourism and global trotting as a hobby, their behavior, and activity suggests that they passionately harbor elements that would foster another era of colonialism. A spirit of exploration and exploitation is still evident among the Westerners as suggested by such aspects as photographs. This becomes a bother to the Asian countries, The Latin America, and Africa, parts of the world that were on the receiving end of colonialism. Exploration led to the discovery of new lands whose people would be enslaved in the process of exploitation of resources that were once theirs.
How Tourism Perpetuates Colonialism Ideology
The issue of colonialism remaining relevant has been steered by such aspects as tourism activity that reveals the mentality of those who hail from the West. It is an activity that could include backpacking and photography, aspects that Santoss, Teo, Canton, and Leong have examined. Apparently, backpacking would be solely characterized with Americans and Europeans. Traveling to some parts of Asia like Khao San would lead to the establishment of guestrooms for such people as they were highly regarded in comparison to Asians who had been “Othered” (Teo & Leong, 2006). Apparently, non-westerners would suffer stereotyping, as some Asians were considered exotic and erotic. The concern here is the creation of a gap between races an ideology characterized with the West. Despite nations achieving independence, they still experience a sense of inequality. Therefore, this made possible by our societies that are portraying Westerners as better than others. Thus, this could be attributed to the fact that they are better abled economically. Moreover, this provides room to propagate their exploration and exploitation ideologies elements suggested by the photographs that they take as they travel (Caton & Santos, 2008). They suggest gender bias, racism, and other colonist ideologies.
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Teo, P., & Leong, S. (2006). A post-colonial analysis of backpacking. Annals of tourism research, 35(10); 109-131.
Young, J. (2003). Post-colonialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.