>Isn't it the right of a culture to be self-defining? Of course,
>whether any individual within it (and of course you could debate
>whether an emigre in Australia is in the culture) has an
>equal right is a different matter.
Yes, I believe it is the right of a culture to be self-defining. And no
individual within a culture should have the right to speak/represent it
unless elected to do so. However, surely the individual defines the culture
they experience around them in their own terms. This is not a question of
'rights', but ordinary human psychology. For example, if I define my culture
as a culture largely resistant to 'outside' forces (eg, even the Eisteddfod
is conducted entirely in Welsh, and hasn't given into commercial interests
by using English) then this is just as legitimate a definition of my culture
as one given by an academic expert. As for an emigre in Australia, of course
they are not in the culture, but the culture is *in* them.