Chinese Spring Festival Celebration performance will be broadcast in different languages on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc.
by Yuan Weishi, Retired Professor of Philosophy from Zhongshan University in Guangzhou
Here is also introduction of Yuan in the China Story.
(Quotes from the article)
1, Right now traditional culture is very popular. People talk about how grandiose and glorious traditional Chinese culture is. However, traditional culture should not be those one-sided “visions”. It should not be some popular intellectual's leisurely interpretation of Confucian classics. They should talk about the reality of the situation at that time, particularly the real political system based on Confucian thoughts. I agree with professor Chen Yin'ge's succinct claim: the core of traditional Chinese culture is “three cardinal guides ( ruler guides subject, father guides son, and husband guides wife); and six guiding principles”...... It represents the social code of conduct at that time – the reitified system. In terms of thoughts and culture, the achievement of Confucius was not as good as Taoism or Buddhism. I think the chracteristic of Chinese traditional system is the “patriarchal and authoritatiran system”.
1, 现在传统文化大热，讲中国传统文化何其伟大辉煌。但是，传统文化不应该是那些一厢情愿的“愿景”，不是时贤对儒家经典的随意解读，而应该是当时社会的实际，特别是儒家思想凝结为制度的实况。我赞同陈寅恪教授一针见血的论断：中国传统文化的核心是“三纲六纪” ... 体现了当时社会的行为准则—固化了的制度。在思想文化上，儒家的建树反而不如道家或者是佛家。我认为中国传统制度的特点是“宗法专制”。
2, To accomplish real transformation we cannot avoid three key issues.
3, The first is freedom. Above all it is economic freedom (including private enterprise and private banking, private financing).The key for innovation is free thinking. If it is not allowed to “talk nonsense” or “talk about anything”, if there is no support on debates, kids will be very fearful from they are little. There will be no nourishing environment for the courageous and responsible spirit of independent modern citizen. If there is no freedom or no doubts, there will be no innovation. The second key is stability. In recent history in China, the most free time is the Northern Period, but it was not stable. The most unsettling element is the extreme form of nationalism. The third is integration with the world, which is very obvious.
4, Revolution is impossibe, because most people want stability. Since the Reform and Open Up, a larger number of Chinese people strive for reform and development to change the backward situation, rather than any kind of revolution. Reform is the only right way. And all the reform will experience big corruption problems. From a certain point of view, anti-corrutpion is also a necessary phenomenon in the process of reform. Transformation is too difficult. China could only reform step by step. It will take a couple of decades to fully complete the mission of transformation. A country is very a complicated entity. There is co-existence of brightness and darkness.
5, What should intellectuals do in the current time? Back in 2000 I had pointed out two things: making money and making voice. Making money means develop private economy and build up stable economic foundation for the modern society. What the whole world fears most is extreme thoughts. The development of the world fears the wrong path most. There should be no more revolutions. Do no defrauding capitalists anymore. Do not confiscate their wealth or take control of their wealth in any form. Do not charge inheritance tax. Once it is charged there will be huge drain of capital. Hong Kong used to charge inheritance tax, but they abolished this rule afterwards. Second, don't copy other countries to have an ambitious welfare system. The wealth gap is not horrific. We need to implement the social welfare system as economy evolves. It is natural to protect the basic livelihood of the underprivileged. However, we cannot overdo it. We need to encourage people's interests to compete. To make voice means people need to criticize and supervise as citizens, from citizen's perspectives, to lessen the dark side in the society. Rather than waiting for heaven knocking on our door, we need to actively engage in the process of reform.
The author is Prof.HO Hing Kay Oscar at Chinese University of Hong Kong
It was obvious that the ban of Otto Li Tin Lun's work Faces of Representative was political. Li discussed elections in four regions including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
Since 1997 there is increasing tightening of cultural development and it has been very scary. What is ironic is that this politcal ban happens in Hong Kong university, where there is suposed to be lots of efforts to cry for freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
Introduction of Li's artwork (English follows the Chinese).