Cars are emblems of nationalities, not symbols. Brand knows the difference between an emblem and a symbol. City begins to fragment into different identities. Vietnamese team wasn"t winning so she becomes korean. Game was over. they sat drinking and feeling, looking at the rain still falling outside and listening to the horns and clatter of forks and dishes. clatter conveys a sense of vitality. Teenage boys hobbled along in too big jeans. Globalization involves the movement of goods as well as people. Pressure of globalization is moving towards a monoculture, full of similarity and sameness. Page 67, we see this issue becoming central. Binh and tuyen were not vietnamese, but western. They were born in canada. transformation of street scapes is one of brand"s great concerns. Page 99, 134, 133, 11 - dominant threads of the novel. Page 212: a stream of identities flowed past __ window .