The myth of globalization lives on in the minds of business people only (the economic miracle, open markets etc.) It’s all a bunch of hooey to justify the outsourcing of jobs and screwing the most profit out of a market place as possible.
When the major player in the so called free market is as isolationist minded as the current American Administration it is reflected in the attitudes of their people. With a foreign policy based on our way is the only way it makes it hard for anything new or different to penetrate.
Whether trade goods, raw materials, or intellectual ideas, it makes no difference. Goods and material are subjected to tariffs and other protectionist policies in contradiction of the aims of freer trade. Cultural items either are rejected out of hand or adapted to be more “American.” The case of two foreign authors, one famous and one not so, is a prime example of the cultural isolationism currently existing in the United States.
I recently wrote a review of a wonderful book by the Indian author Ashok Banker. He is in the midst of publishing an adaptation of a 3,000 year old epic Indian saga called the Ramayana. The tale has been used as a teaching tool for countless generations through the exemplary attitudes and behaviour of the central character Prince Rama. Through him concepts and philosophies central to "a good person" are explored and described.
In a comment Ashok posted on his web site in response to my review, he said that he was glad that I, a westerner, was able to understand the precepts espoused in the story. He had already lost one publisher in America who, after publishing the first book of the series, refused the rest on the grounds that the public would be unwilling to try and understand the ideas expressed in his books. His British publisher has recently taken on the responsibility for publishing the rest of the series.
This didn't come as too much of a surprise to me. He is not the first author whose work has either been rejected, or been considered too "foreign" for an American audience.