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Globalization and me

Every week I set aside a few hours to catch up with some of my favorite television series, including Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is an American production, yet, most of the filming takes place in Northern Ireland and most of the actors are European as well. Could the series have been filmed in America with American actors? Probably. America has a variety of film locations, great CGI artists, and great actors, but I think the series’ “foreign” feel really adds to its appeal as a fantasy series. With some of the greatest set pieces in modern film and believable actors it has now, I wouldn’t want the show to be produced any other way.

My parents’ families lived fairly simple lives when they were in China, but were afforded to opportunity to immigrate to the United States. They started out poor, but they went through the motions of secondary school, part-time jobs, and college, and a few years later found successful careers. My aunts and uncles also found success in their own careers. While China is doing relatively well today for career growth, I don’t think my family would have found the same success there than they have in the United States.

Globalization has been good for the United States and its inhabitants. General goods produced in foreign countries with cheaper labor give more individuals in the US greater spending power with their dollar; everything from Tupperware to Smartphones are more affordable thanks to globalization. Globalization also brings talent to the US; scientists and engineers from around the world come to the US for greater opportunities like better wages or greater quality of life. Thanks to globalization, goods and talented individuals are able to be traded around the world at competitive rates.

Phyllip Cho

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