Reading Journal of Goods Move, People Move, Ideas Move, and Cultures Change

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Reading Journal for Lesson Three

Globalization, as a largely debated topic, has been fiercely talked about by millions of scholars or extremists. The author Erla Zwingle gives her ideas about this controversial topic, in her essay ‘Goods Move. People Move. Ideas Move. And Cultures Change.’, from a journalist’s point of view.

In this article, the author discusses the wide influence of globalization. Also, she mentions “westernization”, which stands for the idea that globalization is basically westernization or Americanization; the whole world in the end will turn into a “Mcworld”. But from later on, we can tell the author herself does not agree with that. She thinks “culture is resourceful, resilient, and unpredictable”, and globalization won’t lead to a world where cultures only become more uniform. Instead, “the old and new tend to transform each other” and thus help people to understand each other, rather than agreeing with each other.

Personally I agree with most of the authors opinions. But, when I read the part that says people think of the spreading of MTV, Hollywood, and McDonald, which stand for American culture, as “culture assault”, I can’t help but think about how Chinese culture now is influencing western world, especially America.

China’s international influence soars within only a few decades, especially after the 2008 economy strike, which hit the whole western world badly. I have been reading the Britain-based magazine The Economist for a while now. Out of the most recently published 20 issues, at least eight put China’s hot events on their front page. One can easily sense the curiosity and concern about China among the western world, even as much as we are to them.

Beside the political and economical world, China’s influence is also evident in the cultural sphere. People are moving. There are over 50 million overseas Chinese not including the students or illegal immigrants. Goods are moving. In...
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