WHAT IS CULTURE – IELTS TASK 2

Some people believe that a person’s culture is defined by their country of origin, while others believe that has only a minor influence. Discuss both these views and give your opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include only relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

The idea that people’s culture is restricted by the impact of their localities is opposed by people who think that culture is resulted from a combination of varied factors. Although both views are supported by convincing arguments, I would lean towards the latter.

Some people think that culture is an apparent set of values that is shared by people in certain geographical area. It means that most people are shaped and therefore are limited by the place where they were born and raised. For example, in Indonesia, people who were born in Palembang have the habit to carry a pocket knife wherever they go. This habit, which was originally meant to be a protection from Sumatran tigers, is unique and exclusive to South Sumatra and has been inherited by the ancestors to today’s parents for many years.

On the other hand, if the impact of technology and modern people’s mobility are also considered, then the meaning of culture is expanded. This gives better reflection towards our community these days. For instance, most children now are busy playing digital video games in their computer or mobile phone. In the past, Indonesian children used to play marble and kite almost every day but these old habits have already gone. Moreover, these days many parents have realised the importance of international education as a key for better career and therefore encourage their children to study abroad. This is a contrast to the generation of parents from twenty years ago who thought good education was a waste of money, hence they never considered this possibility.

In conclusion, I think the definition of culture should reflect today’s society along with all aspects that support it and therefore it can be seen as the result of unlimited interaction among many societies in the world.

(DRAFT VERSION 20 MIN)