"Cultural Nursemaids" Spread Classics
   2006-12-05 11:18:46       CRIENGLISH.com

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CCTV's hit history program "Lecture Room" has helped Chinese culture find a shortcut to Rome in a way, says Lao Yu, a Beijing Youth Daily critic. The lecture room, originally a place to kill time, has now become a holy land for spreading the Chinese classics.

In famous writer Yu Qiuyu, Chinese culture has found its churchman. The churchman, in turn, has also discovered culture. Those who buy classical literary pieces tend to do it just for decoration. They would rather wait for the appearance of a "churchman" than read the novels themselves. Liu Xinwu is a good churchman for "A Dream of Red Mansions"," Yi Zhongtian for "Three Kingdoms" and Kong Qingdong for" Lu Xun."

"The emergence of cultural churchmen changes the way of spreading Chinese culture. I call those who give lectures the "cultural nursemaid".They have to eat the 'grass' of culture, then feed the students with their milk," said Lao Yu.

The reasons for "cultural nursemaid" can be concluded as follows.

1. The result of years of cultural faults. The storm-like revolutions in China has prevented inheriting Chinese culture directly.

2.Utilitarianism. In an English-dominant and money-valuing society, Chinese culture is neglected. When national culture characters are blurred,the instinct of needing Chinse culture rebounds.

3. Long-term seclusion from culture. The eroding interest in reading makes it hard to understand what our ancestors told us. It's necessary to popularize the classics again.

4. Lack of patience. In a fast-speed soceity, people have no time and patience to absorb old and new ideas.

The "cultural nursemaid" spead the glamor of Chinese culture in their own way. They have narrowed the gap between ordinary people and traditional Chinese culture.



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