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China Focus: Clock ticking for preservation of China's villages

Video PlayerClose TIANJIN, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Every time Feng Jicai, an acclaimed Chinese writer in his 70s, walks through a Chinese village, he becomes deeply concerned. Skilled at portraying characters in rural China, Feng knows that hundred-year, or even thousand-year old villages, are slowly disappearing. In sharp contrast to the thriving megacities packed with high-rises, China, once an agricultural state with a civilization going back 5,000 years, is losing its villages. These old villages, which witnessed the heyday of ancient Chinese culture, feeling the sorrows and falls of many dynasties, are part and parcel of Chinese history. But modern lifestyles are squeezing their existence. Young villagers are leaving for the bigger world, where they can achieve bigger dreams than in their village homelands. Feeling the pinch, Chinese authorities initiated an archive-building and survey program in 2012 to catalogue ancient Chinese villages, led by Feng, who is also a counselor to the S..

Forum held in Beijing to promote Chinese culture

Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 government officials, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan gathered in a forum in Beijing Wednesday to promote cultural innovation and develop Chinese culture. Chinese culture is the root and spirit connecting the people of the mainland and Taiwan, said Liu Jieyi, vice director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at the forum's opening ceremony. Liu called on compatriots from both sides of the strait to enhance mutual understanding of ethnic, cultural and national identity, and maintain the mutual spiritual bond between the two peoples. The cultural communication across the strait has lasted a long time and become increasingly active, even as cross-strait relations have gone through ups and downs since 1987, said Liu. Wang Yifu, president of the All-China Fe..

Classes bring traditional Chinese culture to students

Video PlayerClose Recently, intangible cultural heritage lessons, such as Yangliuqing new year painting, paper cutting and traditional drum performance were introduced into Puyu School in north China’s Tianjin Municipality. Elsewhere in China, culture education has also become an indispensable part of school education. Let’s take a look. A girl learns to paint new year picture at Puyu School in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Jan. 3, 2018. Intangible cultural heritage lessons, such as Yangliuqing new year painting, paper cutting and traditional drum performance, were introduced into the school. (Xinhua/Liu Dongyue) Let's block ads! (Why?)

America, China and my children's identities — an adoption story

Patti Waldmeir December 29, 2017 Experimental feature Listen to this articlePlay audio for this articlePause00:0000:00Experimental feature orGive us your feedbackThank you for your feedback. What do you think? I‘ll use it in the future I don‘t think I‘ll use it Please tell us why (optional) Send Feedback “Do they know they’re adopted?” For eight years our unlikely family — an ageing white American mum and two impossibly lithe and beautiful adopted Asian daughters — lived in the country that could not keep them: China. And for all that time, the taxi drivers, the pedicurists and the trash-pickers of China wanted to know whether my children knew I had not birthed them. Even the old Shanghainese lady eating Swedish meatballs in the Ikea cafeteria in Shanghai had to have the whole story of their lives — abandoned at birth, on a Chinese roadside, in winter, adopted by a single parent in her mid-forties, taken to live in Shanghai at age seven and eight — bef..

A Chinese Empire Reborn

Opinion|News Analysis The Communist Party’s emerging empire is more the result of force than a gravitational pull of Chinese ideas. A military parade in Beijing in 2015.CreditJonah M. Kessel/The New York Times Jan. 5, 2018I am the son of two empires, the United States and China. I was born in and raised around Washington in the Nixon-to-Reagan era, but my parents grew up in villages in southern China. My father was a member of the People’s Liberation Army in the 1950s, the first decade of Communist rule, before he soured on the revolution and left for Hong Kong. So it was with excitement that I landed in Beijing in April 2008 to start an assignment with The New York Times that stretched to almost a decade. I had just spent nearly four years reporting on the bloody failure of the American imperial project in Iraq, and now I was in the metropole that was building a new world order. China had entered a honeymoon phase with other nations. For years, anticipation had built for the 2008 Summ..

Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures

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China Focus: Lawmakers discuss report on cultural heritage, highlight people-oriented approaches

Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese lawmakers have called for more people-oriented approaches to improve work on cultural heritage. During panel discussions on Monday afternoon, legislators discussed a report on cultural heritage work submitted to the ongoing bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), which runs till Wednesday. While acknowledging progress in the work, especially in protection, some were concerned about the distance between the protection and the people, and expected the work to be more people-oriented. "In a lot of places, antiques are stored but not exhibited," said Yang Bangjie, member of the NPC Standing Committee. "It makes it hard for us to appreciate the antiques and do research, as many of them cannot be approached and inventories are obscure." Wang Gang, another member of the Standing Committee, compared China with Europe, where the interpretation of cultural heritage is often combined with tha..

west-line studio's triangular-shaped cultural center in china pays homage to shui people

located in the southeastern part of guizhou province, the shui cultural center is a gateway to sandu county, the land of the shui. this community is one of the ethnic minority groups in china, most of whom live in guizhou — where west-line studio works exclusively — which is why the office pays special attention to researching minority cultures and traditions in order to bring some of their particular elements into the design. aerial view of the shui cultural center in sandu county despite being few in number, the shui people have still retained their own language, together with their unique system of pictographs. they have around 400 characters used mostly during ceremonies and sacrifices. the iconic shape of chinese based west-line studio‘s cultural center pays homage to the shui language, following the shape of the character for ‘mountain’. the facade pattern is also inspired by their traditional characters, starting again from the basic triangular shape of the mountain, which is r..

China Shuts Down Its Legal Ivory Trade

View ImagesChina is one of the world’s biggest consumers of ivory products. By the end of 2017, it will have imposed a near-complete ban on buying and selling ivory. Photograph by Cameron Spencer, Getty Images As of December 31, China’s legal, government-sanctioned ivory trade will come to a close. All of the country’s licensed ivory carving factories and retailers will be shuttered in accordance with a landmark 2015 announcement from Chinese President Xi Jinping and then U.S. President Barack Obama. China and the U.S. both agreed to “near-complete” ivory bans, which prohibit the buying and selling of all but a limited number of antiques and a few other items. The U.S.’s ivory ban went into effect in June 2016. China’s goes into effect December 31, 2017. China is widely believed to be the world’s largest consumer of ivory, both legal and illegal, and it plays a major role in the yearly slaughter of some 30,000 African elephants by poachers. Ivory is in demand for intricate carvings, t..

Chinese Embrace Western Wine Culture

When you think about fine wine, what countries come to mind? France? Italy? What about China? Well, by 2020, China could become the world’s second-largest wine consumer, behind the United States. That’s according to a report by Vinexpo, a leading wine exhibition. VOA’s Chu Wu visited California’s wine country to hear what winemakers—and drinkers—had to say. Let's block ads! (Why?)

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