Friday, February 6, 2015

News and Commentaries, Feb.6, 2015

Interview with Liu Xiangchen, writer, documentarist and professor of Anthopology at Xinjiang Normal University

1, Many people who have doubted Xinjiang actually have never been there. Most of them judge it by some abstract ideas or feelings, especially after hearing the reports from the media. Generally they would describe Xinjiang as a place that is very foreign to Xinjiang people.
1, 很多质疑新疆的人并没去过新疆,他们仅凭概念或感觉,尤其是听了媒体报道的信息,多少会把新疆描述为连新疆人都不认识的新疆。

2, Xinjiang is a place that could bring lots of ultimate sensations to people.
2, 新疆是能带给人很多终极感受的地方

3, We need to think that a lot of those terroists are actually young people around their 20s. Why would they choose the desperate path? There might influence from the international context and external powers, and it also shows that there are gaps in our advocacy and education. Therefore there is space for external powers and extreme religious influences. People from different ethnities in Xinjiang are genearlly very lovely and honest. Why have they become a marginalized group? There are to many things for us to reflect.
3, 但是我们需要想想,那些爆恐分子中有很多仅有20岁上下的年轻人,他们为何会走上“冒天下之大不韪”的道路?有国际的大背景,有外部势力的影响,也说明我们长期倡导、贯彻的东西有缺漏,才给外部势力和极端宗教的影响钻了空子。新疆的维吾尔族、哈萨克族,柯尔克孜族,总的讲就是整体的新疆人,非常可爱、率真,为什么已在不同程度上变为一个边缘群体了呢?这需要我们反思的地方太多了。

4, Because of its unique geographic localtion, Xinjiang is able to connect different civilizations and different cultures. We could say that more than two thousand years ago, atala silk was waved around in Xinjiang and lead the whole world; the second characteristics of Xinjiang is that it has the world's largest vertical line.
4, 由于独特的地理位置,新疆把这些不同的文明和不同的文化衔接起来,可以说,在两千年前新疆就挥舞着艾德莱斯绸带,带领整个世界翩翩起舞;第二个特点就是新疆有世界上最独特的一条最长的海拔垂直线,

5, Many of the worlds' conflicts and confrontations are gathered on this spot. To the whole world, Xinjiang is a good benchmark. Each civilization, and each kind of lifestyle could find its reference in Xinjiang.

4, 对批评的态度也涉及到政治审美。世界上没有最美的花,只有万紫千红。
by 徐贲 (Ben Xu), professor at the Department of English at St. Mary's College of California

1, Popular words are like jokes among the mass spread by word of mouth. They are popular because people use them, and because not only do they find them useful, but also joyful. If no one uses them, they will naturally disappear.
1, 流行语就像口耳相传的民间笑话一样,流行一定是因为有人在使用,因为人们觉得它们不仅有用,而且有趣。没有人使用,它们自然就会消失。

2, Many of the popular words on the Interet are very worrysome because it seems our society is going towards a “downward” trend. “Pretending to be a cunt” or “men's pubic hair” are just tips of the iceberg. This trend is not because people are intentionally against the beautiful and pure Chinese language. It is rather because of people's lack of respect, opposition towards and resentment among each other.
2, 许多网络流行词让人忧心,我们的社会似乎处在一种“下流”化的趋势中,“装逼”“屌丝”只不过是冰山一角。造成这种趋势的,不是因为有人故意与美好纯洁的汉语过不去,而是人与人之间的不尊重、对立和敌意。

3, Another representation of “downward obscene language” is that a number of groups of people are nicknamed. For example, “men's pubic hair”, “five cents”, “stinky public intellectuals”, “brick (fake) experts (because special expertise sounds the name as brick)”, “named beast (sounds the name as professor)”, “traitors of the United States”, etc. These self-deprecating words are not only spread by some groups of people, but some mainstream media. It is as if they are not aware of the connotation of these twisted words, or they pretend not to know it.

There are a couple Wechat groups where people listen to others reading poetry, some by celebrities, some by ordinary people.

Modern poetries are also integrated into modern folk songs that enjoy a big following.
I listened to some songs, really not bad.
The Poem For You Wechat group invited Peng Liyuan to read Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling together with the Danish Queen Margaret 2 when she came to visit China in 2014.


The independent think tank initiated by five liberal economics including Mao Yushi, Zhang Shugang, Fan Gang, etc.

He writes about how China had a history of asking the intellectual to criticize since Tang Dynasty but there has been changes since then.

1, Whether there is real criticism is a benchmark to determine the healthy development of a society. It is also a scale of reward or wrongdoing to see if a political leader could not oppress criticism, but rather reflect the criticism. In terms of a specific person, another important representation of criticism is that it is beneficial to those who are criticized; therefore if criticism is oppressed, not only it is not good for the society, it is going to bury the oppressor.
1, 一个社会是否有真正的批评,是一个社会能否健康发展的替代指标;一个政治领导人能否不压制批评、进而思考批评,则是该人历史功过的重要砝码。对于任何具体个人,批评的重要性还表现为,它对被批评者有利;而压制批评,不仅损害社会,还会埋葬压制者。

2, If there is no culture of criticism, it is not correct, not strong, or beautiful.
2, 没有批评文化,既不正确,也没力量,还不美。

3, Therefore, the primary quality for a political figure is to acknowledge criticism and shoulder wrongdoings and responsibilities.
3, 进而,承受批评和承担错误责任就是一个政治人物的首要素质

4, The attitude about criticism is also related to policital preference. The world's most beautiful flower does not exist. There are all different colors.

5, In terms of today's China, the world has no doubt on its economic achievement. What people have been expecting is how she is going to carry on its long-cherished cultural heritage – the spirit of criticism and the principal and freedom of expression, to create another political and cultural peak .
5, 今天的中国,世人已对她所取得的经济成就不存疑义,人们需要拭目以待的,是她怎样继承已有的文化遗产——批评精神,与表达自由的原则贯通,再次攀登政治与文化的高峰。


published by Gongshiwang

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