After reading the article, lots of question pops up in my head. Indeed, just as Ellen Bialyastok said, in the modern world which different countries getting more connected, bilingual became sort of a necessary skill in many circumstances, such as international business or travel industry. (2009)
As a foreigner, born and raised outside of America, which is a non- English environment, I can see it there might be a different value or point of view on bilingual. As English became the international language, Americans pretty much do not need a second language. It might sounds weird and offensive but my point is, to a Chinese guy like me, English is also a necessary language besides my First language. As the article mentioned, there are bilingual speaker that forced to be one and bilingual speaker that choose to be one. (2009) People who are forced are usually because of their parents speak a different language other than the language environment that the child are living in. People who choose to be one simply wants to learn a language and manage to master it. However I do think this thought are mostly focused on English based country. In my country, or city, which is Hong Kong, we are both choose and forced to be a bilingual speaker. We are all Cantonese speaker, which is also the only language we need if we stay in our region. However, because English is the international common language, we will have to learn it if we want to survive in the modern world. English, though is not our main language appears everywhere around my city. For example in the advertisement, on the can soup description or even on a simple toilet sign. What I want to say is that, although we are not forced to lean English like baby born in a bilingual family, we are still forced to learn the language because we need it for regular living actions. Still, technically we choose to become one. It might also be one of the reason Asian children have an impression that they are good at academic work. On a website call “bilingual parenting” stated that bilingualism actually can produce more grey matter in your brain which heavily affects the ability to learn. (2014)
Bialystok, E., Craik, F., Green, D., & Gollan, T. (2009). Bilingual Minds. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 10(3), 89-129.
Ten amazing facts about bilingualism. (2014, April 1). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://bilingualparenting.com/2014/04/ten-amazing-facts-about-bilingualism/