It is very hard for Easterners to resist Westernization. The influence of
western ideas and culture is widespread namely in dressing, mannerisms, food,
books, entertainment and even education. However, western culture can also
corrupt a person morally especially young people.
There are many aspects of
the western culture that are deemed not suitable for Asians namely its sense of
fashion, moral values regarding pre-marital sex, pornography and wild
entertainment. The young mind is easily influenced and corrupted. When one
enters shopping complexes, restaurants and other public places, the first thing
that catches one's attention is the way the young dress. Many follow the fashion
nuances of the west with little regard to Asian values and perspectives related
to modesty. Many young teenagers can be seen clad in low cut tops, low waist
jeans and in short very revealing outfits. They mimic western style of clothing
as well free intermingling of sexes.
This situation has led to many undesirable consequences. Chief among them is
the practice of free sex among students. The Asian values of saving oneself for
marriage or until the right person comes along is discarded and considered
archaic. Since many teenagers lack awareness on safe sex, they expose themselves
to unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS, gonorrhoea,
syphilis and other life-threatening disease. WE read newspaper reports almost on
a daily basis on how unborn babies are being dumped in toilets, houses of
worship, hospitals and other public places. There are yet many students who upon
finding themselves pregnant resort to abortion. The later can be fatal if not
done by professional gynaecologists. Many charity organizations report of
teenagers coming for advice when they find themselves jilted by their
boyfriends. There are also many reports on teenagers contracting STDs and other
Another strong influence of westernization is in the arena of entertainment.
Teenagers find it exciting and fulfilling when they visit video arcades,
discotheques, nightclubs and other places of entertainment. Thus, they expose
themselves tot he morally deficient elements at this kind of places. Apart from
picking up bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol and other behaviors
unsuitable for people of such a young age, these teens also expose themselves to
abuse and exploitation. Many young people have admitted to being sexually abused
this way by friends or strangers who spike their drinks with drugs only to awake
next morning in the bed of strangers.
Thus, though not all elements of westernization corrupt young people morally,
the latter seem more susceptible and even naive with regards to western
influence in the arena of entertainment, fashion and behavior. Many teenagers
demand unfettered freedom without realizing the consequences o their behavior
which brings harm to them. In their desire to be westernized, they accept those
elements which provides pleasure but places them at great risks.