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I discover this interesting blog by Le Minh Khai and would like to share it to our ENG-4-MBA students for some more food for thought. In short, he says “If you look at the English-language Wikipedia page for “culture,” you find that what it contains is information about what it calls “discourses.” It doesn’t say what culture “is,” but instead, goes through the history of modern debates about how to define and understand culture.

In reading through this page, a reader will get exposed to various theories that scholars have proposed from the nineteenth-century to the present, and a reader will also see the counter-arguments that other scholars have proposed.” Feel free to comment. Have a Nice Global Ethics Day (16.Oct.2015)

Le Minh Khai's SEAsian History Blog

I’ve written before about how the concept of “identity” is understood in radically different ways in Vietnam and in certain places outside of Vietnam.

I’ve recently come to realize that the same phenomenon applies to the concept of “culture” (văn hóa), and I came across an example which, I think, nicely demonstrates this.

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If you look at the English-language Wikipedia page for “culture,” you find that what it contains is information about what it calls “discourses.” It doesn’t say what culture “is,” but instead, goes through the history of modern debates about how to define and understand culture.

In reading through this page, a reader will get exposed to various theories that scholars have proposed from the nineteenth-century to the present, and a reader will also see the counter-arguments that other scholars have proposed.

By the end of the article the reader will realize that people have looked at this…

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