Friday, May 25, 2012

Day 5 Reflections by JiaEn

What is your impression of HCMC?

HCMC seems to be a very traditional city, still developing. The traffic is busier than Singapore's and it is harder to cross the roads. Rather than modernized shopping malls, there are more roadside stalls. However, there are modernized areas, not often frequented though. I do realize through the days that HCMC has very natural and nice environment. Away from the city are lots of plains and plantations, a stark contrast with Singapore's concrete jungle. I like that part of HCMC a lot.

What is a culture?

A culture is a custom, arts and norms of the people living in an area. It differs place to place, religion to religion. All of them have their uniquely beautiful points.

What influences the culture of a country?

The way the citizens behave, the environment the country offers and the economic state of the country influences the culture of a country. The citizens may have different complex beliefs that will cause the country to have a different culture to accommodate their needs. The environment of a country allows the people to live differently, and the environment can offer different raw materials that will affect the economic state of the country, thus giving the country the ability to develop and improve on different cultures.

How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?

The development is very well done, as there is an obvious difference in the hypermarkets from the traditional markets. However, the hypermarkets are currently not well-suited to the needs of the citizens of HCMC as it seems that the hypermarkets have much lesser people than the traditional markets even though they have better facilities. It is possibly due to the fact that development is incomplete. However, a great improvement in the modernization can be seen and the use of the concept "live-work-play-learn" is obvious.

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