Christmas and Cultural Imperialism: Chinese PhD Attempts to Organize Boycott – Granitestudio

From Granite Studio Blog:

What happens when the forces of global capitalism and cultural imperialism come robed in red and wearing a white beard? A group of graduate researchers from China’s major universities are calling on their fellow Chinese to boycott Christmas.

Citing the increasing popularity of the holiday among the younger generation, protest organizer Wang Dashan published an article, “to awaken the Chinese people and to resist Western cultural expansion.”

He argues that is a form of “soft power” that if left unchecked will dilute traditional Chinese culture. Wang and his associates fear that too many Chinese young people are simply “rejecting what is old and embracing what is new” (Âè§Èùû‰ªäÊòØ) and are adopting an attitude of “what is Chinese is inferior and what is Western is excellent” (‰∏≠Âä£Ë•ø‰ºò).[Full Text]


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