China: Nary Xmas? – John Kennedy

From Global Voices Online:

A group of PhD at several of China’s biggest and best universities came together last week to release a letter calling for Chinese to boycott ”a holiday they see as representing waning interest in traditional Chinese culture”and all the rest of non-native cultural trends. Presumably not a very popular stance in China, most bloggers took issue with their reasoning, and had sightly different ideas about where exactly the blame should lay.

The opening line of the ten PhDs’ ‘Appeal’ reads: Occidental culture in China has already turned from ‘gentle breeze and fine drizzle’ to ‘fierce winds and gushing rain’, with the most direct and focused manifestation being the quiet rise and increasing popularity of celebrating Christmas. Thus, us ten PhD students from different Chinese institutes of higher learning and research centers, call in all seriousness on our countrymen to beware Christmas, and move out of your collective cultural unconsciousness and raise up Chinese culture.”…[Full Text]

Read also:
Confucians vs. Christmas by Danwei blog.
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