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April, 2009:

“Tradition moves to the museum, culture becomes a memory”: Mr. Han sounds the death knell of traditional culture! (Part 2)

April 21, 2009 by Old Tibetan (Laozangmin) (See the original article in Chinese)

Blogger’s comment:
Recently, Southern Weekend reporter exclusively interviewed Han Fangming, the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee. The article from the exclusive interview, “To Protect Tibetan Culture, Guard Against the Two Extremes” was published in the March 26, 2009, E31 edition of Southern Weekend. The blogger comments on this piece, in order to call into question and discuss Mr. Han Fangming’s views (The blogger’s own comments are in red and in brackets).

Tibet’s fragile ecology must be considered
Southern Weekend: Actually, your perspective is mainly the perspective of development.
(The reporter is hinting: Talk more about protection. You’ve talked too much about “development” and overwhelmed protection!) (more…)

“Tradition moves to the museum, culture becomes a memory”: Mr. Han sounds the death knell of traditional culture! (Part 1)

April 21, 2009 by Old Tibetan (Laozangmin) (See the original article in Chinese)

Blogger’s comment:
Recently, Southern Weekend reporter exclusively interviewed Han Fangming, the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee. The article from the exclusive interview, “To Protect Tibetan Culture, Guard Against the Two Extremes” was published in the March 26, 2009, E31 edition of Southern Weekend. The blogger comments on this piece, in order to call into question and discuss Mr. Han Fangming’s views (The blogger’s own comments are in red and in brackets).

Tibet receives a lot of attention because of its distinctive cultural traditions and belief in religion. Throughout the world, whether it is mainstream culture or minority culture, the conflict between modernization and tradition almost can’t be avoided, therefore when it comes to the protection and development of Tibetan culture, not only is it an important topic for present-day China’s social research and practices, it is also one of the key subjects of the international community. Here, Southern Weekend reporter has exclusively interviewed Han Fangming, the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee. (more…)