n.12 December 2006

The phenomenon of migration is one of the modern-day elements that make the relationship between global flows and geographical culture more symbolically ambivalent. As with the globalisation of goods and information, the globalisation of people – as “naked lives” – is a flow capable of generating risks and opportunities, depending on how it affects territories and the resulting lengthy identity drifts. Immigration as an epoch-making phenomenon can only be tackled by stronger governments, stronger markets and far stronger community involvement. Here are some truths about Italy's situation.

From the long stagnation of the ’90s to the change of tack in 2003. From the Koizumi reforms to the first steps of the Abe government. From the relationship with China and India to those with Europe and Italy. Corrado Molteni, Professor at the Statale University of Milan, is one of Italy’s principal experts on Japan and in this exclusive interview tells us how Asia’s greatest economic power is changing. As to the assumed preferential relations with China…

There are countries ruled by dictatorships, such as Burma, that are only mentioned in tourist brochures. And yet freedom is a decisive consideration in these countries from many points of view, as Cecilia Brighi explains in her book, which reveals the iron hand of the Burmese military regime. Brighi’s testimony helps to break many silences.

Serbia’s fashion scene never disappeared, even during the darkest times. It survived thanks to the cosmopolitan spirit of the Serbs who consider themselves citizens of the world and thanks to the advent of young designers, some of whom perfected their skills abroad. This is how fashion is becoming a winning medium by which a new image of the country is re-launched into the world. Difficulties do however exist, as Iva Stefanovic tells us in this interview.