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Name: V Phng Mai

Class: Thiu Nng 06/2016


Despite increasing prosperity, Vietnams appetites remain

In January 2013, Joel Brinkley, Stanford University professor and Pulitzerwinning journalist, published an article labeling Vietnam aggressive. I am
in all likelihood disagree with his point of view.
First of all, Brinkley seemed to assume that most of animals had been
eaten as he did not see them in the city. This assumption seems virtually
lack of evidences. He was unlikely to specify areas where he saw no
animals. In addition, even there were no wild or domesticated animals in
places he visited, it does not properly mean that they had been eaten.
They would generally be kept at home or in zoos.
Second, Brinkley indicated that Vietnamese had been meat eaters
through the ages, while its neighbors like Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and
Myanmar had largely left their wildlife alone. This statement appears to
be inappropriate as the majority of people all over the world are
supposed to be meat eaters, not only Vietnamese. And, the wildlife style
of a country would not be possibly evaluated through this countrys
meat-eating habit as well as the comparison with other countries.
Third, Brinkley perhaps explained subjectively that the aggressive
tendencies of Vietnam, which were illustrated by some wars in the past,
is a result from Vietnameses meat-eating habit. There is certainly no
link here. The aggressiveness of Vietnamese people may not be basically
defined by the wars they had undergone. Additionally, these wars mostly
caused by invaders, not by Vietnamese. Therefore, Brinkley hardly had
enough evidences to claim that Vietnam is really a combative country.
Furthermore, he to some extent, considered Vietnameses meat-eating
habit as the main reason for Vietnams aggressiveness. Unfortunately,
Brinkley was on the verge of not being able to cite any previous
scientific research proving the positive relationship between the
aggressive tendencies and the meat-eating habit.
There must be still a majority of inaccurate points in his article about
Vietnam but three above points, faced with mentioned solid counter

arguments, suggest more than enough that Brinkley is most likely to be

wrong when describing Vietnam as an aggressive country.