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  • Topic of this Week: "Are you a xenophile? (December 16, 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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    INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 4.0 (October 14, 2018)

    (23:50:46 PM 12/10/2018)

    The first industrial revolution in the world took place in the 18th century. Then came the electricity, which was used in production lines and in large-scale production models, was the source of the second revolution. In the 1970s, when computers were born, this created a series of changes in the way people manipulate information, automate with robots, this is the third revolution. At present, we are engaged in the 4th Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. This revolution creates the environment where computers, automation and people work together in new ways. Here, robots and machines will be connected to computer systems, which will use algorithms to control them without human intervention.
    Industry 4.0 will take place on 3 main areas including Biotechnology, Digital and Physics. In particular, the core elements will be: AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. In the field of biotechnology, Industry 4.0 focuses on making breakthroughs in agriculture, fisheries, medicine, food processing, environmental protection, renewable energy, chemistry and materials; in the same field with next-generation robots, 3D printers, self-driving cars, new materials and nanotechnology.
    Applying technological innovations will make the production process faster, less labor intensive, and more data collected. The quality of the product is ensured by control from the raw material stage to the formation and delivery to the consumer. In addition, people will not have to work directly in dangerous work environments, reduce mortality and morbidity in the workplace. However, many workers will lose their jobs as a result of being replaced by machinery. Enterprises also have difficulty in recruiting human resources to meet the requirements of the job. This can lead to inequalities, even breaking the labor market. In addition, CMCN 4.0 requires businesses to change. To survive and develop, they have to invest and upgrade technology, while improving the quality of human resources. Economic instability will lead to unpredictability of life, even politics. New technology will bring about change in power, security concerns, widening the gap between the rich and the poor. In addition, changes in how the Internet communicates poses a challenge to information security for both systems and individuals.
    However, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2017, Vietnam is at a low level of innovation in technology and education. Specifically, Vietnam ranks 90th in terms of technology and innovation; Ranked 92/100 in Technology; ranked 77 out of 100 for Creativity; ranked 70th in Human Resources. In total, Vietnam only reached 4.9 on a 10-point scale on readiness for 4.0 CMCN. Obviously, we still have a lot to do!


    QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS:
    1. What is the importance of Industrial Revolution 4.0? What is different from the previous three industrial revolutions?
    2. Share with us the specific applications of Industrial Revolution 4.0 in economic and social life that you know ( and your comment ).
    3. But is Vietnam ready to board this 4.0 ship? Give some examples.
    4. How can we teach our children ready for Industrial Revolution 4.0?


    Prepared by: Giang Hải Đăng

     

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