The Prevalence of Western Holidays
It is noticeable that western holidays arebecoming increasingly popular day by day, whileChinese traditional holidays are being somewhatneglected. Old people often complain that ChineseNew Year has lost its real meaning. To theirastonishment, young people in China who areignorant about Chinese traditional holidays are crazy about Christmas or Valentine’s Day.
There are several possible reasons for this phenomenon. First, western nations, such asthe United States and Britain, are powerful and dominant in every aspect. Everything in thesecountries is assumed to be superior and adored by some modern young people. Second, theprevalenceof English as a world language and the development of globalization enable westernculture to prevail in China. Overwhelmed by such a trend, Chinese unconsciously get involvedin western culture. Last but not least, some Chinese people have blind faith in foreign thingswhile miss our own possessions with contempt.
I am critical of this trend. China boasts a brilliant history and splendid traditions. Inmodern times, Chinese tradition should be preserved and promoted. But it seems that youngpeople no longer treasure the traditions. On the contrary, they turn to pursueenthusiastically a supposedly more modern culture. If this trend is allowed to continue, thepriceless heritage of our ancestors will be replaced by western traditions. Nobody expects sucha consequence. So let’s join hand in hand to protect Chinese tradition, especially traditionalholidays.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a short essay entitled My View onthe “Campus Star” Contest. You should write 120words following the outline given below.
My View on the “Campus Star” Contest
At an age of character and individuality beingencouraged and demonstrated, we see various “stars” pop up—singing stars, dancing stars,movie stars and sport stars, etc. Many schools even hold contests to choose their “CampusStars”. Although these activities make our cultural life in campus more colorful and varied, a lotof problems spring up at the same time.
First of all, these activities can result in the swelling of vanity in some students, makingthem become arrogant, or even feel superior to other students. Moreover, these activities cangreatly distract the students from their study. In order to become a star, they will, without anydoubt, spend a lot of time and energy on the preparation and competition. The focus of theiracademic life will be shifted, and even worse, they can become too enthusiastic aboutextracurricular activities and hate the academic knowledge and skills they need to grasp fortheir future development.
On the whole,I think these various “Campus Star” contests should be controlled in thecampus. After all, schools are different from any other social institutions. Extracurricularactivities should be encouraged, but they should be helpful to the student’s academic studyand all-round development.