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Post time 2014-1-1 15:12:29 |Display all floors
Chinese culture is rich in all aspects.
It is not easy to understand without some guidance.
China President Xi Jinping understands it. His wish to disseminate is with hope that through learning Chinese culture, the rest of the world will understand and come together in harmony.
Together with the rest of the world, China will be safe and sound. It will help the whole world to achieve more.
This is The Chinese Dream! It can be shared with everyone anywhere!
Most important is to help other overcome poverty through positive constructive economic growth.
The day will come for the world to realize that the Chinese Dream is one that brings peace, progress and prosperity for all humankind under the sky!

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Post time 2014-1-1 16:39:40 |Display all floors
juzunme date. 2014-1-1 15:11
                                Can do something similar with what the UK did in setting up British Council around the world for pro ...
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Not necessary to imitate UK.

China has done it through Confucius College.

Perhaps, one is preparing to land in your country. Please give full support!

Thanks!

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Post time 2014-1-1 21:46:43 |Display all floors
All Chinese, including those overseas should support President Xi Jinping to promote Chinese culture to the world. Chinese, especially those in mainland China,should be aware that the Japanese are very supportive of their products and culture, even though their products were inferior in the early years ( experience and observations in Malaysia in the 1960s). They should be more creative and not just adopt the names of famous foreign buildings,states, etc.

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Post time 2014-1-1 21:57:57 |Display all floors
When I read the book 'The Age of Insight' by Eric R. Kandel, I came across a certain Gestalt principle which I believe can be used to represent modern socialist values. It goes like this - 'There are entities where the behaviour of the whole cannot be derived from its individual elements nor from the way these elements fit together; rather the opposite is true: the properties of any of the parts are determined by the intrinsic structural laws of the whole" In other words it means the the whole is more than the sum of its parts or it could mean one is for all and all is for one. So, if a person through his own hard work and creativity is able to become the leader of a corporation, he must also recognise that his success is at the same time supported or made possible by those around him. So a person is truly valuable when he or she can create values for others. This is my understanding of modern socialism.

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Post time 2014-1-1 23:06:28 |Display all floors

Chinese culture is rich in all aspects.

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can't agree more, much more good than some 3rd countries, GDP No.2 is not a joke

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Post time 2014-1-2 11:51:08 |Display all floors
Pattberg date. 2014-1-1 09:47
                                The main challenge to the Chinese nation, as I see it, is not just
to compete with the Western count ...
That's an unusually perceptive posting, Pattberg. As you noted, the ancients knew the importance of names: the "language crisis"  (Hsun Zi's writings especially) covered some of the points you made here. The Bible too, emphasized the importance of names, as God allowed Adam to name every tree, animal, etc - in short, everything in the universe. To name a thing is to imply some connection, some possession, and ultimately some power over that thing. When English names are found all over the world, the implication is that England was a worldwide, influential power. Thus the tallest mountain was called "Mt Everest" by the British, even though it had been known as Qomolangma even before there was a "Great Britain".  Some British elements even attempted to get the Chinese authorities, through local Chinese compradors, to call Guangzhou as "Canton" as it was known when British power was established in China - one way to claim some kind of possession over that ancient Chinese city.

Some nations use their own names even for things foreign. Japan tried to make Chan Buddhism their own by calling it Zen and all the religion's patriarchs in Japanese. They call the Chinese chess game, weiqi, as "Go" and the same treatment for myriads of other things Chinese.  The CIA knew the importance of names, and used the Western media to change the popular Chinese gooseberry (yangtao in Chinese) into "kiwi fruit." Today, some local Chinese even thought that the fruit originated in New Zealand.

About the only people who didn't know the importance of names were the post-1978 Chinese who were thoroughly brainwashed into accepting foreign names over their own indigenous names. Kungfu was an English transliteration from Cantonese, which seems all right as it's a Chinese dialect. But technically speaking, kungfu does not cover all the nuances of the art like wushu, which has been officially used since the birth of New China, and which remains the word used in all the martial arts associations in Southeast Asia. Before 1978, China was proud to call weiqi as weiqi, and Chan Buddhism as Chan Buddhism. Today, a culturally dead "elite" are preferring Japanese versions over their own authentic Chinese names.

It's a sign of a country gone wrong, and there are many others as well. Such as the spending of millions of public money to build western-style government buildings all over China, not to mention an entire European village in Guangdong. Their Western masters would smile approvingly, of course. True Chinese, however, can only feel betrayed. Now, we are told that China is going to "promote cultural soft power." Such use of taxpayers' money is inappropriate when hundreds of millions of Chinese are still living in poverty. Not to mention the fact that if the ruling party had not instigated the two "whateverisms" - whatever is pre-1978 is bad and should not be followed and whatever is foreign is finger-licking good and must be aped - China would not have been so despised today.

It gives me, an old Chinese who've weathered Chinese politics for more than half a century, no pleasure in saying all this. My heart breaks, as I know the forces of reaction still predominate in China.

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