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November 7, 2016

Question: Should we protect traditional industries such as silk-making, even if they are unprofitable?

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  1. November 7, 2016 10:18 pm

    We should protect traditional industries. They may be not profitable because they are low-demand. If traditional industry were fostered, the county’s culture would be protected. Cultural feature in one country is important. Country that don’t concern about their culture will be indistinctive with other countries. Tourists buy special present for their family and friends. They will buy souvenir which is well-known local products. At first, traditional industries would be seemed unprofitable. But as I mentioned before, it makes profit to local economy. Furthermore they are the distinctive feature of one country.
    Also, traditional industries are good for education. In childhood, various experiences are important to a growth process. Children could go to field trip to traditional industries and experience a procedure of those. Therefore they should be protected by government.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 8, 2016 6:21 pm

      “Country that don’t concern about their culture will be indistinctive with other countries.”

      Yes, I agree and I’m somewhat ambivalent about it. On the one hand, it is sad to see how previously distinct cultures are becoming more similar to others. On the other hand, it may lessen tensions among nations.

  2. AndJuly permalink
    November 7, 2016 11:29 pm

    In my opinion, I think we should protect traditional indurtries. Many people might think that if traditional indutries are no longer profitable, then it should be eliminated. However, we need to think that protecting traditional industries are imporatant. If we get rid of it, then somehow we could loose our traditional aspects. Tradition is important factor for one country, it has lots of meaning to form a culture and also it represents one country. When we protect and encourage traditional industries, it will eventually give us lots of advantages. Many other foreigners will come to one country to see that countries own culture, or traditional things, and if we take good care of traditional industries, we could get lots of profit from it. Moreover, when we save traditional industries, we could also use it for education. These days, many young people don’t know much about their own country’s culture or tradition, but when we use it for educate students they would learn more traditional things easily. So in my opinion, I think we should save and protect traditional industries although it doesn’t give any profits now.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 8, 2016 6:24 pm

      I see you are swimming against the current neoliberal ideology. I must confess that I agree with you.

  3. bingo77 permalink
    November 7, 2016 11:42 pm

    I think we should protect traditional industries even if they are unprofitable.
    First of all, they contribute to enhance tourist industry. For example, many foreign tourists always go 인사동 where it represents Korean traditional street. There are many activities that related to traditional industries such as wearing Han-bok and trying traditional food. Therefore, protecting traditional industries is important for raising demands of foreigners.
    Second, we can preserve our cultural traditions when we protecet traditional industries. It is also opportunity to create new value in the aspects of creating jobs. I think well – advanced countries have rather old cultural traditions and protect them for a long time. If we want to join the ranks of developed countries, we shoul not overlook the potential of traditional industries.
    In conclusion, traditional industries are important sources of nations.

  4. Dolphin permalink
    November 8, 2016 9:42 am

    I think we should protect our traditional industries. I want to present two reasons to support my opinion. First, traditional industries themselves have historical meaning and value. They can be used to ascertain historical background. For example, windmills, a symbol of the Netherlands, were spread as a result of crusade. Due to their similar external appearances, we can infer what countries participated in the crusades. Second, traditional industries also have economic potential when they are in combination with modern technology. As I mentioned above, windmills were used to grind crops or pump water out at first. However, in these days, they are used to create electricity. Plus, with their beautiful external appearances, they attract a great number of visitors all over the world. For those reasons, I think there is good reason to protect traditional industries.

  5. greentea permalink
    November 8, 2016 10:13 am

    I think traditional industries should be protected even though they are unprofitable. Because, the true value of traditional industries isn’t in an economic profit. First, traditional industries are industrial forms of historical records which have cultural elements. These are helpful for reading historical background and clues of national cultures. Preserving traditional industries also contribute to diversity. If all traditional industries are gone and there are only modern industries. In addition, some wisdoms of ancestors are used in the latest industry techniques like a Korean traditional crock ‘jangdokdae’ and kimchi refrigerator. Some people may think that protection of traditional industries is preserving of something shabby and inefficient but it leads to preserving of historical identity, diversity and potential. We can’t buy those things and turn back time when they disappear.

  6. go CR2 permalink
    November 8, 2016 1:11 pm

    Question: Should we protect traditional industries such as silk-making, even if they are unprofitable?

    Traditional industries represent the history, and culture of a nation. That is, there is more than just profit in terms of traditional industries. As soon as traditional industries that once was protected by a government be subordinate to mass production and Capitalism, the original and traditional production process, not to mention the quality, can be discolored.
    For instance, pottery is one of the traditional industrieis of South Korea. There are many human cultural assets in the field of pottery. However, there is almost no connection between the three important factors of traditional industries, which are ‘technology(human cultural assets)’, manufacturer, and funding from government. The Korean government is so obssessed with rapid economical development, they tend to ignore the preserving tradition. Even if South Korea is one of OECD countries, being regarded as a developed country, we lack soft power and humanitarian view or approaches. As a result of this, many traditional products are now disappearing and the cultures that are embedded within, too.
    Traditional industries are far from profitabilty. However, it does not take much to protect it. While the profit and value of protecting it maybe uncountable and invisible, what we will lose due to ignoring the value of it is significant,too.

  7. Ezreal permalink
    November 8, 2016 4:44 pm

    I think we should protect traditional industries even if they are unprofitable.
    First, they help to preserve our traditions when we protect them.
    Who on earth preserve our traditions if we throw out them because of benefit?
    Our ancestor’s spirit is involved into the tranditions.
    Spirit don’t be changed into small profit.
    Second, it is also profitable if we change our thinking.
    For example, in Korea, event of Gyeongbokgung Palace is held.
    The event is free admission for someone who dress up the Hanbok.
    It made much profits like increase of Gyeongbokgung Palace admission, boosting
    of the industry of Hanbok, and activating exist markets.
    Insa-dong have also attracted foreign tourists, as another example.

  8. November 8, 2016 7:33 pm

    I think we should protect traditional industry even if they are unprofitable. There are several reasons why it should be preserved. First, most traditional industries are based on specific regions. Such locality has helped local developement and entire national economy. Furthurmore, it has lasted for a long time so that we could consider it as our own culture. Culture is our identity. It is a duty for citizens to maintain their own identity. Second, it has significant educational value for students. By participating and seeing process of making traditional goods, they could be proud of our culture. Immediate experience is more useful than reading a book. Third, traditional industry makes enough profit. In modern society, many people apt to prefer high quality good. Traditional goods are more declicate and eco-friendly so that it could attract more people than mass production. Because of theses reasons, we should preserve our traditional industry.

  9. KiKO permalink
    November 8, 2016 8:28 pm

    We have lots of culture traditional industries in Korea. Among them, I suppose that Korean folk village is the best traditional industry even it is not profitable. Some people say that Korean folk village should be removed for some reasons. One of reasons is that the number of customers are decreasing which means that people have to pay more tax to maintain Korean folk village. However, I think that Korean folk village has a extraordinary value which korean students cannot learn in schools. To be specific, Korean folk village show that how our ancestors lived in the past. In addition, traditional industries know-how such as making pottery, straw shoes and so on have been passed down the generations. From my personal experience, when I was a middle school students, I often went to on a field trip to Korean folk village. At that time, I learnt the real life of our ancestors and felt that how they dealt with problems in daily life. That way,I realize the wisdom to deal with daily problems. I believe that these kinds of things are driving force which makes me improve.

  10. idontknow permalink
    November 8, 2016 10:24 pm

    I think we should protect traditional industries. In Korea, there are various kinds of traditional industries. For example, there are a range of skills like making Korean traditional potteries and even making Kim-chi that are intangible cultural properties. Unfortunately, the consumption of these traditional products has been decreased continuously. It is a big problem that people who have those traditional skills are not left much. And there are also few people who want to inherit cultural tradition. Therefore, not to lose traditional aspects is to protect those tradtional industries, even though they are unprofitable.

  11. MOON permalink
    November 8, 2016 11:02 pm

    I think traditional industries should be protected no matter how or what it is. Some people say that we do not need to take good care of traditional industries because it is not profitable. However, it could help the country to earn profit. For example, foreigners are attracted by some exotic and representative symbols of a country. So, we can use it as a symbol of our country to make people visit and come to our country. In addition, traditional industries are related to our culture and history, so traditional industries stand for our heart and soul and are valuable itself. There is a saying that “A nation that forgets its past has no future”, so it is important to protect traditional industries. Knowing history and culture can make the country more powerful and meaningful. Also, it is our responsibility for keeping our culture safe and inheriting our tradition to descendant. Therefore, in my opinion, we should protect traditional industries.

  12. GOGI permalink
    November 9, 2016 1:33 am

    Do you know how Korean traditional bow is made? Korean traditional bow called ‘Horn bow’ requires rare materials like horn of buffalo and it takes lots of time to be made. Historically, bow industry was prospered over thousand years before the gun developed. However, only few people use bow nowadays and low demand makes bow industry decline. There are some arguments on protecting low profitable traditional industries like bow industry. In my opinion, the government has to secure traditional industry. Economically, it takes lots of money on traditional industry protection. However, tradition is very valuable; and cannot buy with money. Tradition contains knowledge of ancestors and history of nation. Abandoning tradition means losing pride and mental link between citizens. Therefore, unprofitable traditional industry protection can keep traditions and history for good whereas this policy can be wasting money. People who neglect their country`s tradition and history do not have qualification for living in that country.

  13. Gunner permalink
    November 9, 2016 1:40 am

    Most societies have their own traditional industries. However, some of those industries have been disappeared because of lack of profit in these days. In my opinion, it is not a desirable phenomenon. I think we should protect our own traditional industries, even though they are unprofitable. Above all, the traditional industry is one of the most important elements of culture. It includes the history of the society, the wisdom of ancestors, and the lifestyle of the past. They all build the identity of that society. In addition, traditional industries could be utilized as tourism. It means they could introduce own culture to foreign countries, and the ripple effect of it will be incalculable. Moreover, traditional industries could be profitable in the long term, if they can be combined with modern industries. For these reasons, I think traditional industries should be protected.

  14. BOO permalink
    November 9, 2016 12:47 pm

    In my opinion, the best way to keep one’s own nationality for countries is that they keep and protect their tradition. Although they are unprofitable, we should be trying to protect traditional industries. The nationality of each country would be represented through their tradition. Being disappearing tradition in a country means being disappearing nationality. So, keeping tradition is very important for citizens. In particular, it is easy for children who live in globalization to forget tradition. To educate them, we try to keep tradition.
    Also, it seems that traditional industries are unprofitable because of low demand, actually it’s not true. Because we can make a huge profits by foreigners. For example, wearing ‘Hanbok’ become popular for visitors in Korea. They feel that it is a kind of Korean tradition so it can be a symbol of Korea trip for them. We can also see these days, foreigners wearing it, taking photos and hanging around. This kind of event would be traditional industries which make huge profits and also be a help of keeping our tradition.
    So, there are reasons why I argue that we should protect our traditional countries.

  15. ypark0106 permalink
    November 9, 2016 1:54 pm

    In my opinion, we should protect traditional industries even though they are not profitable. Especially traditional things are unprofitable but we have protected them because they worth even though they are unprofitable. If we do only profitable things, we can not keep out traditional assets which are distintive. Traditions should be protected because they have their own stories and histories no matter they are profitable or not. If we don’t protect them, we can enjoy the moments wirh profitable things but we will lose our traditions.

  16. Lana permalink
    November 9, 2016 2:10 pm

    Some people argue that the value of specific industry is profit. Thus, it is natural things to disappear the industry as long as it could not make profit any more. But, I think this is the argument that ignores virtual value that is tradition. Why we should protect cultural heritage like Khung-bok palace? It has cultural and traditional value. Protecting cultural heritage does not guarantee financial profit, however, it protect cultural value. In my opinion, protecting traditional industry for preserving cultural value is enough reason to preserve heritage as long as it could not make financial profit.

  17. Rachel permalink
    November 9, 2016 2:18 pm

    In my opinion I don’t think It shoul be protected If It is not profitable.
    Because We don’t need to waste tax for unprofitable industry.
    Even though It is traditional industry, It can be helpful for developement for country.
    Somehow It can be. However, We can create another cultural indusrty with that money.
    Through that, We can make profits and new industry which can be profitable.
    Trandition is not only in the past but people can create on and on.

  18. November 9, 2016 2:22 pm

    I think we should protect traditional industries even if they are unprofitable. Traditional industries value itself and have various meaning. First, traditional industries represent long history, which is need to be remained. Traditional industries had developed for a long time. Namely, it includes high level tequenic which was passed down. Therefore, it is worthy time to protect. In addition, traditional industries symbolize culture which make society special. Traditional industries had made naturally in change and now, it has unique characteristics. So, it can be said a kind of culture which consists of our society. Therefore, government should encourage it because culture is a important element of society. For this reasons, traditional industries should be encouraged as well as protected to keep a significant meaning.

  19. Jelly permalink
    November 9, 2016 2:48 pm

    Traditional industries should be protected eventhough they are unprofitable. Nowdays, technologies have be developed that importance of traditional making process become fainted. However traditional industry is worthy in itself because it is original. The quality and effort of those can not be compared with today’s industry. Also traditional industries can be also used as profitable source. Tourism is one of the examples. The process of making silk or porttery is very delicate that many people will get interest in it. Letting people to watch and participate in the process will inflow the money in this industry. Thus we have to develop traditional industries instead of abandoning them.

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