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  • CarolineLu
    University: Suzhou University
    Nationality: CHINA
    May 19, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Nowadays, it has triggered public concern that whether the values and culture of the English-speaking world would displace native values and cultures. This fear is unnecessary from my perspective. I will present my views below.

    On the one hand, for people in non-English speaking countries, their mother tongue is usually more important than English in their daily life. Language is the carrier of values and culture. As the inheritors of their mother tongue, people have seen their own glorious values and culture from their childhood. These emotions are deeply rooted in their hearts and will not disappear in a short time. Therefore, in most cases, cultural invasion will not change native values and culture.

    On the other hand, cultural differences are so great that many people from non-English speaking countries cannot accept them. For instance, Chinese values include traditional morality, such as humility, obedience and diligence. However, the British values embody openness, competition and freedom, which is far from the traditional Chinese values.

    It is undeniable that western values and culture have global influence in contemporary society, especially for the youth group. Because of their immaturity, some teenagers have blind faith in foreign values and culture. But if they can think critically, complete Westernization can be avoided.

    In general, although English invasion is inevitable, it is unlikely to replace the existing values and culture. What we should do is to think independently and critically. In this way, we can enhance the cohesion of native values and culture to a higher level and resist the threat from English-speaking world.

     

    CarolineLu
    University: Suzhou University
    Nationality: CHINA
    May 17, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Nowadays,  whether the exotic language invasion would extinct native cultures and values has triggered  public concern.  From my perspective, the concern is actually unnecessary and my position will be elaborated as follows.

    For one thing , frequently-used as English is, mandarin usually takes priority over English in non-English speakers’ daily  life.Undoubtedly, language is a typical form of our culture and values. So as a lawful inheritor of our native language, one can gain a glimpse of our  native glorious culture and  values from childhood. These feelings are deeply rooted in our heart and under no circumstances should they vanish in a such short time. So culture invasion would not change our native values and culture in most cases.

    For another, culture difference is extremely obvious that many non-English speakers could not accept it. For instance, Chinese values include the traditional morality , such as humbleness , obedience and diligence from our ancestors. However, English values embody the openness, competition and freedom, which might go against Chinese tradition.Seen together, this concern seems to be a little naïve.

    Admittedly, western culture and values has global power in contemporary society, especially in the youth groups.With the Internet age approaching, the invasion of western culture is becoming increasingly fierce.Part of the juveniles have blind faith in foreign culture and values owing to their immaturity and a lack of critical thinking.But if we can discriminate from right and wrong, total westernlization is generally avoidable.

    Overall, while English invasion is inevitable, it is unlikely to replace the existing values and culture. Basically, what we should do is to think critically and think independently.By doing so , we can ensure that the invasion of English will increase culture cohesion to a new dimension instead of threatening native culture and values .