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Explaining Chinese culture "going global"

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

07-22-2015 15:54 BJT

By Hu Yifeng, Tsinghua University Dr.; Director, Research Office, Chinese Association of Literature and Art Review Center
"Chinese culture goes global" is a strategic project that Beijing has implemented in recent years, which is of great significance to national development. As the world's second-largest economy, the country should have a cultural status that is commensurate with its economics; and to foster more cultural exchanges.

Some people in the world  have expressed concerns over China's continuous expansion. While others talk about the "China threat theory", "resource exploitation theory", and "China collapse theory". Nevertheless, the spread of Chinese culture can be conducive to the world when we all recognize a real China more objectively and rationally. In the present-day world,  the culture and  economy are highly blended, as cultural exports play an increasingly  significant role in the Chinese economy.

Yet the significance of the going-global-strategy is not limited to China alone, which could be beneficial to the world  peace and development. Three key words can define the concept.

The first word is "Prospect". In human history, every civilization set up a system to adapt to their environment. It is the crystallization of life experience for thousands of years that stands as great historical and artistic value of human heritage, the basic features of human society and the driving force behind the progress of civilization. Chinese culture provides rich nourishment both for the continuity of development and growth of the Chinese nation along with its unique contributions to human civilization and progress coming to fruition as its worldwide legacy.

Many years ago, the caravans on the Silk Road and Zhenghe's treasure ships had not only brought fine silk and porcelain, but also spread the Chinese culture abroad. Nowadays, the Chinese people wish to show their colorful culture to the world to enrich human civilization and spark greater diversity.

The second word is "Experience". Culture is to educate, while art means to cultivate. In recent years, China seeks to optimize the public experiences of Chinese culture abroad, such as broadening the emerging channels through expressions that foreigners can better understand and would find an interest in.

The unique Chinese cultural treasures  include the Peking Opera, Chinese folk music, calligraphy and Chinese painting, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) healthy idea, Chinese food, and martial arts fitness. Accordingly, Chinese people are integrating Chinese culture into the lives of people from all over the world, and in return, global citizens can attain more aesthetic pleasures and deepen their awareness and understanding of Chinese culture for further rich connotations of spiritual life and to capture more wholesome cultural enjoyment.

The most important word is "Wisdom". Traditional Chinese culture offers a rich mine of the spirit that created a brilliant history.  The literature, art, music, film and other cultural patterns feature such Chinese cultural values as peace, cooperation, win-win progress, tolerance, integrity and environmental protection.

These values can demonstrate how ancient oriental wisdom could solve global issues such as terrorism and pollution. The principles promote harmony among nations, between human beings, humanity and the earth. As creator of this spiritual wealth and heritage, the Chinese people feel obligated to pass their culture to others.

Therefore, all people who concern themselves with the well-being of humanity should join hands to support this endeavor.


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