"Have you read the newly published edition of Harry Potter?" "Have you ever been fooled on April 1st?" "What have you given your boy/girlfriend on Valentine's Day(情人节)?" You may not feel even a little bit surprised when you are confronted with these questions. However, chances are that your parents cannot understand a word. In the wake of globalization, culture has gone beyond border and is flying all over the world, with a great impact on Chinese youths.
By getting in touch with western culture, we are forced to think over things that we took for granted previously. We've gradually shrugged off some old notions that may hinder our development, such as "uniformity is always good", or "authority is always in the right". I think this is the greatest benefit we can get from this impact. We tend to be critical with what "should be" in our forefathers' eyes. Only by this critical mind can we initiate some changes; only through change can our nation develop.
However, the cultural impact of globalization does not necessarily result in a deep insight into our own society among youths. We may probably lose something instead of gaining something without independent thinking and investigation.
When you are enjoying a Hollywood movie, don't think that all the things described in it are true. Even the US president has cautioned they always contain something partial(偏袒的)or even distorted. So we know that what we see of the US may not be a true picture. And even if it is true sometimes, we don't have to copy all of that. No matter how we appreciate foreign culture, we should never throw away our national culture. Globalization is two?way communication. You get to know the world and the world gets to know you. If we don't have anything that can cause foreigners to marvel, we may lose our charm as a nation. The national characteristics can be internationalized if we treasure and develop them. Only by doing this can we truly participate in globalization and contribute to our own nation and to the whole world.
It's incorrect and uncivilized to refuse to have a look at what our guests have brought us. But when we are welcoming and appreciating those gifts, we should bear in mind that we are forever the masters of our land and mind.
1. What is the main idea of this passage?
A. Advantages and disadvantages of a foreign culture.
B. Critical mind on a foreign culture.
C. The importance of a global culture.
D. Impact of the global culture.
2. What does "in the wake of"(Para. 1) mean according to the context?
A. As a result of. B. In accord with.
C. According to. D. With regard to.
3. What is the disadvantage of the culture impact mentioned in the passage?
A. Distortion of the national culture.
B. Abandonment of the national culture.
C. Admiration for foreign cultures.
D. Misuse of foreign cultures.
4. Which statement is TRUE about the globalization of culture?
A. The influence on cultures in the globalization is mutual.
B. The western culture influences our traditional culture more.
C. The western culture dominates the globalization of culture.
D. Our traditional culture is less powerful in the globalization.
5. According to the author, we will perhaps lose the value of our national culture if ______.
A. we make use foreign cultures
B. we stick to the traditional cultures
C. we give up the characteristics of the traditional culture
D. we appreciate the foreign culture without critical mind