Globalization has been a driving change for social, economic, and political changes throughout my life that have been especially noticeable during and after high school as I’ve found myself deeper and deeper within the discourse surrounding globalization. Examples of this come from the developments from the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at UMD often announced to/discussed among students, my increased use of foreign goods/services over the years, and even the constant debate over the Presidencies of Obama and Trump with their foreign diplomatic policies. In general, these changes have made me think more about other nations socially, economically, and politically, with those thoughts influencing how I carry about with my day to day life socially/economically and affecting my political views.
In my near and even extended family, globalization has in general made them more open minded. For my near family, as Chinese immigrants, they were quite close minded for years as their main goals/thoughts in their first years in the US centered around developing a life in and achieving success in the US. It is only recently, and maybe only in the past 10 or so years that I have noticed them becoming more and more open minded to values that otherwise would have come in conflict with traditional Chinese views, and their views on things becoming shifting to be more and more liberal.
Globalization in the modern era has and will be good for the US. Participating in the world stage has made us more knowledgeable in general, opened up more trade options, and has given us allies in many conflicts. For example, without participating on the world stage, we would not have achieved scientific feats such as putting astronauts on the moon without having been pushed by a space race with the USSR. Additionally, without international competition to keep local businesses sharp, consumers in the US would often be at the mercy of prices set by select large domestic businesses. According to the 2010 Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco report, approximately 35.6% of all clothing and shoes sold in the US were actually made in China, as opposed to 3.4% domestically. It is through globalization that we had the means to invest in overseas labor, and for better or for worse it has kept goods flowing.
- Author: Kevin Hu