Actual Test: Writing 21/10/2017

Actual Test: Writing 21/10/2017

QUESTION

Some people say that the increasing business and cultural contact between countries is positive development, while others think that many countries will lose their national identities as a result. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

OUTLINE

Intro: State both sides and your opinion.

Para 1: Side 1 - Positive

  • Developing countries are moving forward. Example: Vietnam: trade routes, foreign economy sector
  • Cultural shifts: work morale, self-assertion

Para 2: Side 2 - Negative

  • VN popular culture affected by others
  • VNmese not aware of their own history
  • Media is not helping promote culture

Para 3: Your opinion

  • The government plays a crucial role. 
  • Countries still maintain their values. 

Conclusion: Restate both sides and your thesis.

The Touch of Culture: A Blessing in Disguise

As the world grows flat and small, international gaps are bridged. Business and cultural contact between countries is the norm in this day and age, and as it gains in popularity, there are mixed opinions to follow. Some advocate more interaction, others fear identity loss. I believe it's in the hands of country leaders. 

Mutual impact between countries when business transactions and cultural exchange occur is claimed to be positive. This makes sense considering how developing countries are moving forward in their many social spheres. Vietnam, for example, has grown economically thanks to establishing trade routes with superpowers and SEA members. Also, the foreign economy sector has contributed much to the GDP, simultaneously yielding social assets and providing employment. Certain cultural beliefs are also experiencing radical shifts. Most notable is the boosted work morale in the office vs. the laid-back attitude countrymen all too often display. Also, Vietnamese young generations are becoming more assertive of their own values, taking initiatives and making their own decisions rather than relying solely on what their parents would make them do. 

Having said that, there can be a risk of losing national identity. It is easy to notice in the streets of Vietnam lots of young people dressed up in fancy Korean clothing style, enjoying Hong Kong boba tea, favoring Thai products over their domestic goods. Worse though, they know more about Chinese emperors and dynasties than their own history. The media in fact are exposing people of all classes to so many values of a foreign nature while not making attempts to popularize their own values, i.e. Vietnamese popular culture is poorly invested, and traditional values inadequately promoted

What is crucial, I believe, is how the government perceives their own national image and what steps they will be taking in maintaining and spreading it. Vietnam, after all, is just a tiny example in a globe so vast. Cultural penetration has been occurring in SEA, China, Korea and Japan, and in India as well. Each people, for one reason or another, still maintains certain cultural features that are distinctly intriguing to the international traveler. The more efforts the government makes in balancing the varied economic and cultural input, the more their country prospers in all aspects with their all-time values unchanged.

All things considered, the contact between countries is inevitable, but it should be the country leaders that will actually determine whether their identity be merged into another, or still thrive and shine. 

Word count: 412, written by Mr. Tien Bui (IELTS 8.5)

VOCABULARY

  1. international gaps are bridged: khoảng cách giữa các quốc gia được thu hẹp lại
  2. be the norm: là chuyện thường
  3. to gain in popularity:  trở nên phổ biến
  4. mixed opinions:  ý kiến trái chiều
  5. to advocate sth: ủng hộ điều gì
  6. to fear sth: sợ điều gì
  7. mutual impact: sự tác động lẫn nhau
  8. be moving forward: có những bước phát triển mới
  9. social spheres: các lĩnh vực xã hội
  10. to establish trade routes: xây dựng thương lộ
  11. the foreign economy sector: khu vực kinh tế nước ngoài
  12. boosted work morale: tinh thần làm việc tăng cao
  13. laid-back attitude: thái độ vô tư, không nghiêm túc
  14. to become more assertive of: trở nên ý thức hơn về điều gì
  15. to expose sb to sth: cho ai tiếp xúc với gì
  16. to make attempts to do sth: nỗ lực làm điều gì
  17. to popularize sth: làm điều gì phổ biến hơn
  18. be poorly invested: ít được đầu tư
  19. be inadequately promoted: ít được quảng bá
  20. to perceive your own national image: nhìn nhận hình ảnh quốc gia
  21. in a globe so vast: trong một thế giới quá lớn
  22. cultural penetration: sự xâm nhập văn hoá
  23. distinctly intriguing: thú vị với những nét riêng
  24. to balance the varied economic and cultural input: cân bằng giữ các yếu tố kinh tế và văn hoá mới
  25. to prosper: phát triển cường thịnh
  26. with their all-time values unchanged: trong khi vẫn giữ nguyên các giá trị lâu đời
  27. inevitable: không tránh khỏi
  28. be merged into another: được hoà trộn vào cái khác

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