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Politically correct cross-dressing in China - Dolled up for the party
Mr Xi, however, has allowed Mr Wang’s style of drag to flourish. That is because it has a long and respected history in traditional Chinese opera, an art form which Mr Xi has been trying to promote. It used to be that female operatic roles, or dan, were always played by men. Such acting requires considerable skill as well as the wearing of elaborate make-up and full-length traditional costume that leaves no skin showing from the neck down.
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8 weeks ago by aries1988
Thicker than blood: A young Chinese woman's coming of age - SupChina
Always careful about what I ate, she enforced an even stricter diet. Certain types of animal products must be avoided because they contained growth hormones. Some seeds and plants could only be consumed in small quantities because they stimulated the sexual organs, per traditional Chinese medicine. In addition to her belief that the flow of the womb drained the brain, my mother dreaded the approach of womanhood for her daughter, a perilous world filled with lurking eyes and wandering hands.

The only item my mother cleaned with a vengeance was our underwear. She rinsed them by hand, and she boiled them in water. The designated utensil was a large porcelain washbasin with a pair of mandarin ducks printed on the bottom next to the character for “double happiness.” The basin was a wedding gift for her and my father, typical of their time.

“Only boiling water can kill all the germs,” my mother explained her peculiar method. “That place must be kept clean, otherwise you will get diseases, and people will think you are a prostitute.”
body  female  growup  girl  story  mother  chinese  sex  food  tradition  family  education  marriage 
march 2019 by aries1988
疾病王国:超越中与西|端傳媒 Initium Media
在传统中医的思想影响之下,许多人认为以消炎抗菌等功效为主的西药,大多很散,必然会为人体带来副作用,有些甚至会影响肝肾。

所谓得散,实质就是指人的精气变散。气,是中国文化体系中的主轴。天人合一的中国哲学认为,天地之气是宇宙自然的根本,人是气之聚,而人的阴阳之气则是安生立命之基础,只有当阴阳之气达到平衡,顺应天地之气的规律变化,才能保持天人和谐,从而生生不息。我们得祖先正是通过气的观念来审视自己,了解宇宙,建立社会秩序。在传统医学中,气血与经络、阴阳五行等共同建构形成身体经验的知识。正是由于这种气论身体观主导了汉人对身体的认知。
tradition  medicine  canton  chinese  opinion  health 
march 2019 by aries1988
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今天翻了《中国古版年画》天津卷,乃各分卷中最厚的一册。可见杨柳青年画国内藏品较丰,但书中所收仍然以王树村先生个人收藏为主,国外藏品均未收。可惜了。杨柳青年画可上溯至明末,以清代中晚期最盛。比桃花坞年画另是一种精致繁艳。感觉这几天我…
tianjin  tradition  art  painting  festival  book  best 
february 2019 by aries1988
The Parable of the Hanukkah Scolds (With a Lesson for Non-Jews, Too)
Gift giving is thought to be a holdover from Roman winter festivals. Santa Claus is a Greek saint who got garbled into something very different by medieval Dutch and English folk culture. The reindeer are from Finland. Jesus and his early followers would probably find the traditional Christmas ham to be just as shocking and un-Christian as the elves in the North Pole.

It’s one of the most persistent myths about how identity works: that there is some true core version — of Hanukkah, of Jewishness, of Americanness — constantly at risk of foreign contamination. But there is no pure core. It’s foreign contamination all the way through.

But just because identity is made up -- a more formal phrase is "socially constructed" -- doesn't make it meaningless.
jewish  identity  usa  conflict  opinion  christmas  children  tradition 
january 2019 by aries1988
让我们跟着范冰冰重温检讨之道|大象公会
从检讨的基本要素、格式以及基本用意来说,范冰冰的这篇检讨相当合格,尤其是承诺日后表现这一部分,及时强调争做富有文化内涵的好公司,为全社会传播正能量,充分显示她没有辜负一番治病救人的苦心。

是的,检讨是一种语文课不会教,但又曾是每个中国人都有可能用到的应用文体。因为时代的原因,一度淡出普通中国人的日常生活,以至于语文老师都不知道什么是合格的检讨。

但是,范冰冰这封语法欠通的致歉信,让我们欣喜地看到,检讨这种有过灿烂华章、曾让无数人一吟双泪流的文本,早已深植于中国人的血液,是我们不断的文脉。
2018  money  actor  tradition 
october 2018 by aries1988
专访余英时:中国现代学术“典范”的建立

在《余英时作品系列总序》中,余英时先生自陈:“我的专业是十九世纪以前的中国史,就已发表的专题论述而言,大致上起春秋、战国,下迄清代中期,所涉及的方面也很宽广:包括社会史、文化史、思想史、政治史、中外关系史汉代等。”但诚如其所言,他涉猎广泛的研究也不是无的放矢,“我自早年进入史学领域之后,便有一个构想,即在西方(主要是西欧)文化系统对照之下,怎样去认识中国文化传统的特色。”

微观相当于考证,即对于具体历史事实做最彻底的考察和阐释,但这样的工作往往只见个树木而不见森林。因此在历史研究中,宏观绝不可少。宏观相当于孟子所谓“观其大”,其涵义比宋学所谓“义理”要丰富得多,这是“见森林”的必经之路。但“见森林”又不能不看清楚林中一颗颗的树,否则便不免如傅斯年的名言所说,可能将天际浮云当作森林了。

有关我研究中国史的构想所在,简略概括:在西方现代文化及其发展出来的普世价值挑战之下,我们怎样才能认识中国传统文化的特色?我认为只有抓住了它的特色,我们才能够认识中、西文化的异同,并进一步追问,中国文化中有哪些成分和现代普世价值是互相冲突的?哪些是可以互相呼应的?

我研究中国史特别选择变革时代的独特动态。因为这种独特动态最能显示出精神价值的流变。

已故陈荣捷先生毕生在美国介绍中国哲学和思想。他曾说,如果用一个词字来概括全部中国哲学史的话,那个字便是“人文主义”。这句话在西方已被普遍地接受了。陈先生的人文主义当然是指中国文化对“人”的尊重,尤以儒家为最显著。孔子的“仁”便是“人道”,孟子强调人性善,又特别提醒“人之异于禽兽”,更是把人的尊严提升到最高的地位。所以“天地之性人为贵”成为中国人的共同信仰。稍稍认识西方近代文化史的人都知道,“人文主义”兴起于文艺复兴时期的意大利,当时人文主义者特别倡导人的尊严和人在宇宙中的独特地位。这种人文主义的精神稍后进入西方教育界,塑造了西方现代的独立人格,其影响一直延续到十九世纪。西方自由和民主的成长得力于人文主义教育,无人不知,就不用再说了。

中古时期,由于种种原因,希腊文学传统已在意大利地区消失无踪,既无人讲授,也无人研究。直到十三四世纪以后,意大利人文学者才逐渐从法国图书馆中发现希腊文稿,包括荷马史诗的原稿之类,终于酿成了“文艺复兴”运动。这是文化价值失而复得的一个最伟大的史证。中国经史子集的典籍俱在,何况,当年在传统精神价值中成长起来的先一辈人,早就在有意无意之间把他们的价值意识传到下一代身上。所以“守先待后”决不是一种幻想。

1949年以后的大错误,不在其为“进步史观”,而在其“定于一尊”。

西方的思想界是开放的,种种不同的史观都出现过,其中还有反“进步”的史观大行其道的,如斯宾格勒(Oswald Spengler 1880-1936)的《西方的没落》(The Decline of the West)和汤因比(Arnold J Toynbee 1889-1975)的《历史研究》(A Study of History)

今天很少人还相信有什么普遍规律为各民族或文化所共有;更不相信西方是先走上“现代”阶段,其他各民族落后了一步,但最后也会赶上来。换句话说,现在不存在什么“进步史观”足以构成“挑战”的对象了。
confucianism  chinese  tradition  culture  crisis  evolution  west  book  leader  intelligentsia  taiwan  dissident  instapaper_favs 
october 2018 by aries1988
Soju, Beer Pong, and the Romance of Cultural Exchange (or the Cultural Exchange of Romance) – BLARB
As Garam introduced me to Korean food gradually during that first semester, I acquired a taste for the fundamentals. The first meal, and the one we would share most often thereafter at the circular table in her kitchen, centered around dwenjang jigae (된장 찌개), a heartier version of the miso soup you would find in a Japanese restaurant. She served it with rice, a stack of business-card-sized seaweed papers, soy sauce, and a small mound of kimchi. When I saw her meal laid out on the table in eight small dishes for two people, I became ashamed and defensive about my first attempt to cook for her: a deluxe frozen DiGiorno’s pizza. (But it was deluxe!)

Garam was impressed with my chopstick skills, which she claimed were better than hers. I held the chopsticks so they formed a V shape, whereas she held them so they formed an X. She also explained that, while Japanese use cylindrical chopsticks and Chinese use square chopsticks, Koreans use flat ones.
korea  food  usa  love  story  tradition  drinking  home 
october 2018 by aries1988
梁文道:只准賣馬槽,不准過聖誕

一邊替全世界各種宗教生產他們最需要的東西,另一邊嚴格管控它們的流行;在我看來,想要瞭解今日中國社會境況,恐怕很難找到比這個看起來十分諷刺的矛盾更加鮮明的案例。「開放」的意思大概就是這個樣子:只要和錢相關,一切都好說;可是只要碰到意識形態,那就寸步難行。

卻照樣找得到安身立命之道。今天的問題是宗教也好,非宗教的精神傳統也好,所有能夠照顧終極關懷的精神資源,在中國似乎都沒有一片自由自在的立足之地。
trade  tradition  china  religion  spiritual  society  control  government  world  chinese  today  money 
december 2017 by aries1988
Unspunnen: the festival of Swissness held every 12 years

In the US, I can’t even go for a swim or to the gym without signing my life away. But in Switzerland, I can pick up a boulder — up to 83kg — and hurl it (barefoot, if desired) while a large audience sits several feet away. More than teaching me about proper Swiss stone-throwing form, it teaches me about the Swiss culture of trust and personal responsibility.

Its aim was to heal growing political tension between the city dwellers of Bern and the farmers of the highlands to the south — areas recently amalgamated into one canton. The organisers, four influential citizens of Bern including the mayor and chief magistrate, hoped to emphasise shared heritage over power struggles and to cultivate the “mutual goodwill and gracious unity to which for centuries our fatherland has owed its strength, its glory and its good fortune”.

On my way to peruse the food tents, I hear what sounds like a very depressed cow — a tourist close by trying to blow an alpenhorn.

I opt for rösti, made with day-old cooked potatoes, butter, salt and milk, and considered by many Swiss German speakers to be the national dish. The country’s French speakers would argue for fondue but, in the true festival spirit of unity, both are available here.

The men wear black pants, black hats adorned with flowers and black velvet vests embroidered with edelweiss. The women are in various colourful dirndls, billowy white shirts, white tights and black shoes. The costumes differ slightly according to the wearers’ home region, and there are over 400 variations.

every 12 years, that stories of unadulterated Swiss culture embark on another world tour via Interlaken’s most famous export — the tourist.
swiss  tourist  festival  tradition  history  identity  culture  travel  idea 
september 2017 by aries1988
The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese : NPR
"We were in-between," Wong explains, "right in between the blacks and the whites. We're not black, we're not white. So that by itself gives you some isolation."

Wong remembers hearing ethnic slurs as he grew up, which he got used to ignoring. But the family felt more pernicious discrimination, too. Wong remembers a time of big excitement when he was young: The family was finally going to get to move out of the cramped grocery store. His father had found a house he wanted to buy, in a white neighborhood.

Then suddenly, that conversation stopped. There would be no deal. Later, his father told him that the white residents had made it quite clear they didn't want Chinese in their neighborhood.

That's been the story of many Delta Chinese: Work hard. Send your kids to college. Watch them move away.
chinese  tradition  immigrant  usa  south  story  family  business  cuisine 
august 2017 by aries1988
After 150 years, are the days of grouse shooting numbered?

For a century and a half, passionate sportsmen — and, increasingly, sportswomen — have flocked to Scottish moors in their tweeds for the Glorious Twelfth, the August 12 start of the grouse-shooting season. In recent decades the appeal has gone global, with enthusiasts from all over the world angling for places on the best shoots and buying some of Scotland’s finest estates.

Employing dedicated beaters instead meant that a whole hillside’s population of grouse could be driven toward a prepared line of concealed positions.

It is the expense of driven grouse shooting that makes for one of its strongest justifications: few other activities can attract such free-spending landowners and visitors to the remote upland areas of the UK, with resulting year-round employment.

Successfully maintaining a moor’s population requires the burning of heather in rotation to ensure that a given environment offers both young shoots for the grouse to eat and older growth in which they can hide. He also has to distribute medicated grit to deal with parasitic threadworms that infest grouse guts. And then keepers have to shoot or trap predators such as foxes, crows, stoats and weasels.

It is red grouse’s unpredictability and the speed of its flight — sometimes exceeding 100kmh — that give it its sporting lustre. Lagopus scoticus is an attractive bird from all points of view, wrote one admirer in 1910. He is interesting to behold; beautiful in plumage; graceful in movement; devoted and courageous in defence of his young; while, as an object of sport, he has no equal in this country among the feathered tribes.
hunting  debate  animal  tradition  scotland  nature 
august 2017 by aries1988
FT correspondent James Crabtree on bringing up a baby in Mumbai

For the next two years I wrote happily about Indian business for the FT while we travelled avidly at weekends, from skiing in the Himalayas to tiger safaris in Madhya Pradesh.

Walking through an Indian airport with my son is perhaps the closest I will come to celebrity, as heads turned to watch the baby, and strangers approached, embarrassed and smiling, asking for selfies.

Back at home, we learnt the benefits of being parents in India, not least the plentiful childcare. There was even the unheard of option of night nurses, women who stay through the night to help look after the baby, allowing parents to rest. We turned that down, thinking we should learn the hard way, perplexing Indian friends. Others seemed confused that we put Alexander to bed at the primly European hour of 7pm, while many Indian babies head off to sleep rather closer to midnight.

It is often said that India is a land of contrasts, but few are more jarring than that between the grim conditions in which many children live and the profoundly child-loving culture in the country as a whole.

I hope Alexander comes to enjoy his secret Indian middle name. And even if he does not, I will remember fondly how he came to have it, and even more so the country that welcomed him into the world.

Charming colonial architecture
story  children  parenting  india  expat  uk  travel  name  tradition  culture 
november 2016 by aries1988
How France is falling out of love with hunting - BBC News
Mathieu Andro is one of the approximately one million hunters (1,246,000 according to the French Hunting Federation, 960,000 according to anti-hunting pressure groups) that make France the biggest hunting country in Europe.

"It's because of intensive farming," he says. "They've killed most of the small game (hare, partridge, pheasant, woodcock) grubbing up hedgerows and creating the massive fields we have now. The hare eat the pellets the farmers put down for the slugs and die and the partridges are mangled in their machines."

France's deer and wild boar populations, on the other hand, are on the rise. There are so many of the latter - rooting around in crops, ramming Renault Scenics - that hunters are allowed to shoot pretty much as many as they like.

"The main reason for the decline is that our values have changed. We have so much more sensibility now when it comes to the animal world."
france  society  français  hunting  village  life  hobby  tradition  today 
november 2016 by aries1988
Quick bites: breaking bread in Uzbekistan
Uzbeks still consider Samarkand non — with its dark crust and bagel-like consistency — to be the best, and discs of it travel long-distance today to the Uzbek diaspora living around the world, carried in the luggage of visiting relatives.

Head chef Robert Panak will use a traditional tandoor oven to get results close to the original. We use a strong flour and Moul-Bie blanche T55 [baguette flour] in order to achieve a crisp ring with a fluffy texture on the inside. We also cut the dough while still in the mixer to add extra air, in the traditional Uzbek way.

You’ll find that in Uzbekistan, non accompanies every meal, and different cities and provinces have their own variations. At the Chorsu Bazaar in the capital, Tashkent, babushki (old women) sell their non from vintage prams. Compared with Samarkand non, Tashkent non is lighter and softer; In Khiva, 600 miles away, it is crispier and thinner.

To make non, the nonvoy (baker) rolls the dough flat and stamps it with a chekish (a special tool with long metal teeth). The dough is then brushed with an oil, egg or milk wash and sprinkled with sesame or onion seeds before being slapped on the curved walls of a red-hot clay tandoor oven.

Ancient traditions still surround non: it is never placed face down or cut with a knife (it is only torn by hand). At weddings, the bride and groom both take a bite of non and then finish it the next day as a married couple. If a man goes away, for army service or to study, his family will get him to take a bite of non and then hang the bread on the wall until his return. It’s the same for the many Uzbeks who travel to Russia for work today. They know that when they return, the non they took a bite from will be waiting for them.
food  stans  travel  tradition  moi  asia  silkroad  history  restaurant  bread  home  recette 
august 2016 by aries1988
The Minecraft Generation
Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap. An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you…
story  fun  children  game  tradition  scandinavia  teamwork  organisation  sexism  mentality  tool  solution 
april 2016 by aries1988
Chinese Animal Trainers Looking for Respect in the Year of the Monkey
These days, they are trained to ride little bicycles, shoot hoops, strut on stilts, brandish knives and generally make lovable monkeys of themselves through a tough regimen that has caused animal rights advocates to howl about physical abuse and mental distress. Photos from Xinye show macaques chained and huddled fearfully in barren cages. Even Mr. Zhang said trainers had to end their old, harsh ways to win over new audiences.

The buskers see themselves as one of the last preserves of ancient China’s “jianghu” (meaning “rivers and lakes”) tradition of itinerant hawkers and performers who bucked conventional respectability in a subworld with its own argot, rules and customs.
tradition  chinese  animal  monkey 
february 2016 by aries1988
The sea women of Jeju
From more than 14,000 in the 1970s, the number of haenyeo has dwindled to fewer than 4,500 today.

The vast majority are aged over 50, with the oldest in their nineties. But, despite their age, they continue to perform feats beyond most women in their twenties — diving to depths of up to 20m, holding their breath for as long as two minutes at a time.

“If I weren’t diving, I’d just be growing potatoes,” she says. “I dived right through pregnancy, up to the ninth month.” This was normal practice, according to historians of Jeju, who record cases of haenyeo giving birth on boats during a day’s diving, and even strapping their young children to the mast while they worked.

Their financial independence is remarkable in a country where elderly poverty is a huge problem. Forty-nine per cent of South Koreans over 65 live on less than half the median income — the highest proportion in the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of advanced economies. That has contributed to a nearly fivefold increase in the elderly suicide rate since 1990 to a level that is by far the highest of any developed country.
korea  asia  comparison  oecd  work  ocean  food  money  youth  aging  tradition  village  female  elders 
september 2015 by aries1988
In Indonesia, Many Islands and Many Faces - NYTimes.com
Sahur is the predawn meal Muslims eat during Ramadan. Calling it breakfast is inaccurate; it does not so much break a fast as provide sustenance for one, the daily dawn-to-dusk prohibition on eating, drinking and smoking that Muslims engage in, for the most part joyously, during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar.

My favorite was dendeng, dried slices of beef with red chiles, but I also liked the kangkung, a tasty green sometimes called water spinach, and rendang, a Padang specialty, typically beef cooked for hours in coconut milk. This version was made not with beef but with cow’s lung; it was spongy rather than tender, but with the same alluring flavors of spices and coconut milk reduction.

Preserved, that is, for over two decades: She died, in Western terms, in the early 1990s, we were told. Until a funeral, the person is not considered gone, but merely sick. The body is preserved using techniques similar to mummification, and continues to live in the family home, and even pose in family pictures. In what is often the yearslong period before burial, the family must save money for the buffalo and prepare for the elaborate ceremonies.

Each village in Bali has at least three temples, one for each of the Hindu trimurti, or trinity: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer and Shiva the destroyer.

The easiest and safest solution is to stick to Garuda Indonesia (garuda-indonesia.com), the country’s flagship airline, which is a SkyTeam partner and serves about 60 domestic destinations.
indonesia  tradition  howto  travel 
august 2015 by aries1988
Seeking Stars, Finding Creationism
Galileo knew he would have the Church to contend with after he aimed his telescope at the skies over Padua and found mountains on the moon and more moons…

Opposition to the Mauna Kea observatories, which are run by scientists from 11 countries, has been going on for years and is tied inseparably with lingering hostility over colonization and the United States’ annexation of Hawaii in the 19th century. The new telescope is a pawn in a long, losing game.

It’s bad for science, but good (I suppose) for the Native American groups involved, he wrote in an email. Given that the U.S.A. was founded on two great sins — genocide of Native Americans and slavery of Africans — I think science can afford this act of contrition and reparation.
story  tradition  astronomy  science  indigenous  hawai 
may 2015 by aries1988
A dragon’s eye view: hot-air ballooning in Bhutan - FT.com

From the outside, it resembles two Bhutanese farmhouses connected by a low barn. Inside, however, floor-to-ceiling windows offer sublime views of the cloud-wreathed valley below. The wood and stone is local, but the wood-burning stoves that heat each room come from Switzerland, the fancy bathtubs from the UK, and the fabrics from Australia — all shipped to Kolkata and trucked overland, along with the $100,000 balloon, which was made in Bristol, southwest England.

Save for a single rifle shooter, Bhutan has sent only archers to the Olympics, but has never won a medal because Olympic targets are only half that distance.

Doorways have raised thresholds to stop the stiff-limbed dead from entering.

Its many festivals and masked dances are still staged primarily for locals, and have not morphed into commercial shows for foreigners. Buddhism still dominates Bhutan’s way of life, and its people still seem driven more by their legendary pursuit of happiness than money.

As befits a country known as Druk Yul, or Land of the Thunder Dragon, the balloon is emblazoned with huge golden dragons, and the occasional blasts of flame from its gas cylinders resemble nothing so much as a dragon’s fiery breath.
asia  travel  air  himalayas  tradition  tourism 
may 2015 by aries1988
Celebrating the Chinese Lion Dance
Jason Lam stepped out from his lion dance costume to document a tradition that serves as a hinge between his Chinese ancestry and his American upbringing.
tradition 
february 2015 by aries1988
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares
In Germany, misbehaving children had better watch out. The Krampus, a devilish goblin who tears through the streets as St. Nick’s evil counterpart, is making a comeback.

But with cultural homogenization spreading across an increasingly unified Europe, a new generation is bringing back the customs that defined their childhoods, and those of their parents and grandparents.

Advocates of the ritual say reviving it is important because American Christmas customs, which they see as more commercialized, have made their way into the German holiday.

“This is a pagan tradition that belongs in the village,” said Mrs. Danzing, shaking her head at the spectacle in the Bavarian capital. “I am glad my grandchildren aren’t here, they would be terrified.”
germany  german  christmas  pagan  tradition 
december 2014 by aries1988
梁文道:他想開咖啡店(傳統的消逝二之二)
不客氣地講,我覺得我們對記錄那些老工藝老商店的興趣,要比繼承他們的興趣大得太多太多。因為繼承,需要的是吃苦耐勞的精神,願意死死磨住一塊石頭,按部就班,日復日年復年地耗下去,不一定有掌聲,也不一定有成果,更加談不上甚麼自我的發揮。創意,往往是熟能生巧,很多年很多年之後的事了。我們去日本和歐洲旅行,艷羨人家手工藝傳統的茂盛;但可曾注意,那裏仍有不少青年對着窰火,苦學十年陶藝,將來就是這行的接班大師了。我們呢!為甚麼偶爾看見幾個年輕人願意回頭研究皮革,自己摸索皮包皮帶製作,就如獲至寶地珍重推介?那是因為這樣的人少如鳳毛麟角。
artisan  tradition  future 
july 2013 by aries1988
南风窗网 - 中华文化复兴? - 2009年26期
  中国人社会的结构,本来一向稳定和谐,有一个地主阶级,地主养了一批士大夫,本有一套自足的文化生态,承传千百年,直到民初,西潮东渐。只要不拆房子,不斗地主,文化就不会沦亡,徐志摩从剑桥回来,游杭州六和塔,逛常州承天寺,灵感贯达中西,思绪澈通幽冥,胡适、蒋梦麟、梁启超,都是博达古今中外的通人,王世襄成为传统文化的守墓人。   我国的建筑,是大家庭之所系,中国的富贵家庭,又是精致文化之所依。把中华文化的大家庭和旧建筑载体毁灭殆尽,就等同把水抽干,把缸砸毁,锦鲤金鱼,何能生存?加上中华精致文化,戏曲书画,围棋对联,像广东人的汤水,都要慢工细活。今日国人的下一代,经麦当劳的快餐脱胎,手机短信的高科技洗脑,生活的节奏早已由美国人来重新定义。只嫌自己的传统文化沉闷,只觉美国的文化爽快,即使电影《2012》再给中国人脸上贴金,中华文化有什么前途?
http://www.instapaper.com/read/335277785
mao  society  china  tradition  culture  future 
november 2012 by aries1988
Japan's Enviable Decline - An FP Slideshow | Foreign Policy
Recently, most of the news coming out of Japan is gloomy -- but the country has more going for it than you'd think.
http://www.instapaper.com/read/280389172
japan  photo  society  tradition 
august 2012 by aries1988

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