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									Changing Traditional Chinese Culture in the Context of Globalization
Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah

Presented by Prof. WANG Xiaolu, Professor of Literature Sichuan University, China Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 11:00 a.m. LNCO 2110 Free and open to the public
Starting with Raymond Williams’ definition of culture in terms of the ideal, the documentary and the social, Prof. Wang points out that there are two sides of culture, the spiritual and the institutional. He argues that the former, based on the documentary, functions to shape its national character in spirit, and the latter, based on the commonly shared conception of the modern, always involves social justice in the public sphere. Since any transformation for a nation-state has to go through three phases--economic transformation, social transformation and political transformation--from nation-building to state-building, China has primarily transformed its planned-economic pattern to a market-oriented one. So far, however, China has over-emphasized the spiritual side of its traditional culture rather than the institutional, although there has been a lack of core values. By tracing four major cultural transformations in Chinese history, Prof. Wang demonstrates that since new social issues and problems keep appearing, the second transformation concerning the social should be carried out for sustained development. He also points out that there have been two ways for cultural development, through self growth or through interactions with the other. Therefore tradition can hardly be a frozen lake but rather is like an ever-flowing river.

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