What is Cultural Convergence?
Let us begin with the definition of the word, “Cultural."
The word cultural refers to the things (ways of thinking, patterns of behavior, values) that are common to a group of people and which makes them different from any other group.
Cultural Convergence refers to a movement in every key aspect of local and global societies.
This movement seeks to lessen the tensions between groups from different cultural backgrounds.
We approach cultural convergence in encouraging each culture to become aware of how other cultural resources might be the catalyst for a rebirth of one’s own culture.
The word convergence refers to the trend toward each other between any number of items.
Convergence is commonly used today for the integration of technologies, global standards, entertainment patterns, etc.
In our case, we are describing the trends of disparate cultures to integrate and at the same time, retain their unique characteristics.
No Loss of One's Own Culture
There may be a tendency to interpret the word Convergence as meaning some kind of loss of unique character of any one of the cultures involved.
On the contrary, we wish to stress that the more one gets involved in intercultural interactions, the more one is likely to become aware of and even enhance one's own cultural programming.
When that happens, the individual may choose to expand their own cultural awareness and behaviors by learning from the experiences and insights of other cultures.
Thus the word "Convergence" in our usage means opportunities for "cultural enrichment."