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  • Topic of this Week: "TOURISM (June 23, 2019)"

    Tourism is still booming as one of the largest industries around the world. It boosts the economic growth of a country while providing potential job creation for residents. For instance, by estimating to serve approximately about 15.6 million foreign tourists and about 80 million domestic travelers, Vietnam generate receives 620 trillion VND (26.66 billion USD) in tourism and a rise of more than 25 thousand employees per years.
    From another angle, tourism can also have many negative impacts on the quality of life. One of them is that it leads to the overcrowding on such places as Barcelona, Venice and Spain. Venice, a city of 60 000 people, welcomes nearly 30 million visitors a year, that 76000 tourists a day. Spain welcomed over 82 million travelers in 2017 with 9 million visiting Barcelona alone. Even, CNN 10 reported on 28 of May, there were a significant rise in the number of hiker climbing Mount Everest, which led to traffic jams on the climbing path.

    How about the other impacts of tourism? Come to Advance Hanoi to discuss and contribute your personal opinions.

    QUESTIONS TO PONDER:

    1. In your opinion, what is the positive and negative effects of tourism? How important is tourism to your country and to you? Do you think tourism destroy the culture of a place?
    2. How many types of tourism do you know? What types will be a trend next 10 years?
    3. Nowadays, some tourists do not concern with the culture of the destination, what do you think about this case? What lead you to decide to travel to a place?
    4. Some tourists assert that the culture of Vietnam is the same as that of China? Do you agree or disagree with it? Why (not)? What will you introduce to your foreign friends about Vietnam?
    5. Who is a smart traveler? How can we be the smart travelers?

    Prepared: Chirpy Duong

     

     

    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion!    
    See you on Sunday at 3 P.M.!!!     

     

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    Are you a xenophile? (December 16, 2018)

    (07:43:21 AM 14/12/2018)

    Xenophobia is a fear or dislike of outsiders.  Yet, there exists an opposite perspective called xenophilia. A xenophile  is a person who is attracted by foreign things such as objects, people,  styles or customs.
      Do you feel excited when you make acquaintance  with a foreigner? Have you ever invited a foreign guy to take part in a  birthday party of another friend of yours? If yes, you are probably a  xenophile. But don’t be ashamed,  xenophilia is not totally negative. If you set foot in another country,  and you are surrounded by the local people who are xenophiles, then you  can be welcomed on the red carpet or even treated like king. In stark  contrast, groups of religious, racial or sexual minorities have  experienced marginalization and mistreatment in many regions in the  world. Also, being a xenophile, you can drive pleasure from showing your  kindness and hospitality, which contributes to your well- being.
       In  general, Vietnamese people are labelled as typical xenophiles.  Nonetheless, when asked, most Vietnamese women said they don’t want to  marry a foreign man, though a Western guy is desirable to be added in  their friend/boyfriend list. Why it is the case? In social science,  xenophiles don’t necessarily have affection for real foreign people, but  they tend to fall for things that define or conceptualise that person.  Their affection sometimes originates from an idea of a collective  population which has been generalised. Most of the time, these  generalising comments are based on subjective perceptions rather than  facts or evidence.
       The answer to the question what causes xenophila  remains inconclusive. The compelling theory is that xenophilia is a  response to one’s negative feelings about his or her background. If you  was born in a poor or backward country, you are unconsciously prone to  welcome those whose background is superior to yours.
    References:  https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-xenophilia.html
     
    Questions to ponder:

     1. Do you think you are a xenophile or a xenophobe? What are the clues for being a xenophile?
     2. For whom your chemistry is stronger? A Vietnamese guy/girl or a foreign guy/girl?
     3. What are the benefits of xenophilia?
     4. Why do people become xenophiles or xenophobes?
     5. In Vietnamese context, xenophilia may create different problems in society. What are they? How to tackle these problems?
      6. Foreign English teachers are paid much higher than Vietnamese  counterparts. Is it fair? Does xenophilia involve? How to cope with  this?

     

     

    Prepared by: Ngo Huy Tu

     

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