In China, Feeling Snowed Under by Christmas – Edward Cody

From The Washington Post:

Scrooge is not a familiar character in China, and “Bah, humbug” does not easily translate to Chinese. But a group of graduate students set off a spirited debate here Friday with a crotchety screed condemning Chinese people for their growing tendency to celebrate .

The students, from such elite institutions as Tsinghua, Peking and People’s universities, wrote a weighty-sounding open letter complaining that Christmas is a Christian holiday imported from the West and suggesting that Chinese should stick to the traditions and festivals observed in their own culture.

“We 10 doctoral students from different universities and research institutes solemnly call on our countrymen to be cautious about Christmas, to wake from their collective cultural coma and give Chinese culture the dominant role,” they wrote in a letter posted Thursday on the government-controlled China Daily Web site.[Full Text]

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