I have been trying to advocate for multicultural awareness for several decades now. In the earlier decades, my work (in advocating for multicultural awareness) used to be very hard. In those times, we largely had to use education to promote multiculturalism. But in the last one and half decades, this work has become progressively easier. This is largely due to globalization: which has really taken root in the last two or so decades.
In the years before globalization became a reality, it used to be very hard to get people interested in other cultures. People preferred to lock themselves in small local cocoons. And each of these cocoons used to be largely self-sufficient. But globalization has forced people from very diverse parts of the world, with radically different ways of living (that is, radically different cultures) to work together towards various common goals. Let’s have a real-life example. In this era of globalization, you can easily have a businessman going to the SunbizFlorida website, and proceeding to register a company on the site. The company in question, which would be set up on the SunbizFlorida website at Sunbiz.org would end up having to procure products from a place like China or Vietnam. In the era before globalization, such a company would probably have had to do its procurement locally in Florida, USA. The owners wouldn’t then have needed to have awareness of far eastern cultures. But in the new globalized reality, the owners of the company find themselves having a need to understand how to deal with folks from the far east. This means that they are forced to seek multicultural awareness.
Thus, in a nutshell, in today’s globalized world order, people are increasingly finding themselves in situations where they need to have some level of multicultural awareness, for them to survive economically. And it is to this extent that globalization has helped in the advancement of multicultural awareness.