Professor Huang: Well, I’ve read it, too. Ishould say the article is groundless.
Professor Huang: You might be right aboutthat. But this doesn’t mean the Chinese traditional culture is becoming anyless important.
Professor Huang: Yes. First let’s look atthe fact you mentioned just now. It’s true that today some Chinese, especiallythe youth, are influenced by the western culture so much that they overlooksome inner parts of their own culture. Actually, I can give you another exampleabout such a different attitude towards Chinese and western festivals.
Professor Huang: Nowadays, many youngChinese are enthusiastic about the Valentine’s Day. On February 14th, young menand women would send each other roses and chocolates, and go to westernrestaurants for a romantic dinner.
Professor Huang: Exactly. But when asked,few of them know about the traditional Chinese festival for people in love witheach other, or Qi Qiao festival, which is on July 7th in the Chinese lunarcalendar. Although people do not send flowers and chocolates to each other, thefestival carries on the same meaning of celebration for love and purity.
Professor Huang: I should say globalizationis one of the most important reasons. With the closer link between China andother countries in the world, foreign cultures, especially the western one,have had great impact on the Chinese traditional culture.
Professor Huang: Because many things thatare popular today in China, or even in the world, are parts of the Chinesetraditional culture, such as Kung-fu, Chinese food, Peking Opera, you name it.By the way, speaking of Peking Opera, I can share with you somethinginteresting. While many Chinese young men are kind of losing interests inPeking Opera, more and more foreigners are keen on this kind of traditionalopera.
Professor Huang: Yeah. Several days ago,our university sponsored an international Peking Opera contest, in which 80Peking Opera fans and learners from 33 countries put on a fantastic performance.
Professor Huang: Absolutely. I think theChinese traditional culture is, to some extent, regaining its importance. Ofcourse, we should do more to preserve and promote the Chinese traditionalculture.
Professor Huang: Yes. We can hold moreevents that feature Chinese traditional culture and invite foreign friends totake part in these events. In this way, they’ll learn more about thetraditional culture in China. We can also add some exotic elements into ourcultural tradition so as to rekindle the interests of the Chinese people,especially young ones, in their own culture.
Professor Huang: I believe the Chinesetraditional culture will be rejuvenated in the near future. 记者：似乎您对中国传统文化有很大的信心。
Professor Huang: Definitely.
Professor Huang: Thank you.