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|Globalization is an interesting word, really, because it's transitioning in English from a positive or neutral term to one that is both positive or negative, depending on the context. That's just my impression.
Originally posted by househusband at 2007-11-20 05:52 PM
…the word "globalization" is almost automatically associated in the Chinese mind with "development", "opportunity", "advancement" and the like, with its "downsides" being curtailed and buried. So I guess the word wouldn't conjures up as disturbing an image in China as it would probably do in, say, some countries in Europe.
I think you're right, househusband, cosmopolitan is somewhat literary or cultural in its meaning—one would not describe the perspective of international finance experts, say, as "cosmopolitan" but, rather, as "global" or, well, "international." I was impressed that qinger thought of it also.
Also, cosmopolitan has slight political tinge to it (for example, its Russian equivalent was a word used in Stalin's Soviet Union for political purposes) so, unless the meaning is fairly clear, it might conjure up an unintended connotation.