There Is No Chinese Culture Now – Sam Crane

Xin 28090212150023908191 From The Useless Tree blog:

The new park opened in Hong Kong, but to underscore the fact that this is a vision of China’s future, the opening was attended by Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong. And we know what Disney does to culture: it turns it into happy sound-bite “experiences,” devoid of critical depth and challenging complexity and, ultimately, messy reality. And as the simulacrum replaces the substance we will lose the bite of Mencius speaking truth to power (truths that the CCP would just as soon not hear), the laugh of Chuang Tzu confronting death (not a topic suitable for happy holiday-makers), and the admonitions of Confucius reminding us that our social duties must take precedence over our economic impulses (obviously bad for business).

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