So I wrote this essay for Stanford the past few weeks but I'm still not sure if it answers the prompt... and I have no clue how to end this thing. In need of desperate help... Tear it up for me, please!!
Stanford students are widely known to possess a sense of intellectual vitality. Tell us about an idea or an experience you have had that you find intellectually engaging. (1800 characters)
Two of the three major pandemics are speculated to have originated in China. SARS broke out in Guangdong; the first incidences of avian flu were in Hong Kong. Upon this statement, my friends snickered, "It's China, what more can you expect?" It was not the first time I received such a haughty response. But every time I hear someone make an irritably condescending remark about China I ponder the ironic cultural double-standard in their statement, enhanced by the fact that the modern world is in a globalizing era.
It is truly interesting to see a deepening gorge of stereotypes despite the onset of a globalizing village: a world free from the barriers of social prejudices and biased ideological remnants, but more so of a world that embraces cultural heterogeneity. With its strong manpower and abundant resources, China has undoubtedly emerged as a peer competitor in recent years. It is number one in trade volume; even major world powers are increasingly relying on China for subsidiary franchisees and industrial expansion. This increasing power increasingly influences our daily lives. Today, many students strive to learn Chinese and indulge themselves in made-in-China products that they so despise. How is it that people cherish the goods that they purchase, but belittle the very country that those goods were made in?
Perhaps cultural double standards, whether pertaining to China or not, are only the two sides of a coin that cannot be separated. Or perhaps it is an inconsistency that needs to be harmonized.
So please tear it up, rip it in to shreds!!