[size=14.44444465637207px]Article 18 |
[size=14.44444465637207px]A recent article in the Global Times claims （说）the current revitalization （复苏）of traditional Chinese culture promoted （推动）by a handful of people remains too skin-deep （肤浅）to make us strong and confident. The author cites Chinese singer Gong Linna and her German husband as saying most Chinese people are keen （渴望）to follow Western trends and catering to （迎合）Western tastes.
[size=14.44444465637207px]It is a rather reasonable criticism as Western pop culture including music has long enjoyed a powerful position （地位）and inevitably affects（影响） the cultural development of the rest of the world. Nonetheless, it is a little bit parochial （狭隘）to say that culture independent of （独立于）all Western elements is what modern China urgently needs to ramping up （加强）its cultural development. An increasing number of Chinese musicians are making efforts to promote traditional Chinese art to the world by integrating （整合）exterior ingredients（外来元素） into classical （经典）Chinese culture, with substantial （巨大）success.
[size=14.44444465637207px]In actuality, China's culture market is still at the initial （初始）stage of development and is unlikely to exert （发挥）a massive influence upon the rest of the world in the near future. We need to recognize this problem in a rational （理性）manner and first try to create excellent cultural products that are welcomed and loved by the majority of the Chinese people. This is an indispensable （不可分开）step to promote Chinese culture on the global stage.
[size=14.44444465637207px]South Korean rapper （饶舌乐）Psy performed （表演）his dance pop （流行）single "Gangnam Style" to conclude （压轴）the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards (AMA) in 2012. He rose to fame （出名）overnight with this megahit （超级畅销作品）that has racked up （网聚）almost 2.4 billion views on YouTube since its release （发布）in July 2012.
[size=14.44444465637207px]And the 2014 AMA ceremony featured （演出）"Little Apple," a viral track （发烧碟）composed （制作）by Chinese pop sensation （流行组合）the Chopsticks Brothers. The retro-sounding song with a bizarre（奇怪） music video has unexpectedly achieved （得到）success across China. Public squares, train stations, shopping malls, even scenic spots, wherever you go, you hear the jubilant（欢快） melody （曲调）and find it hard to get it out of your head. And what's more inconceivable （不可思议）is that it won the International Song Award at the 42nd AMA.
[size=14.44444465637207px]The two tunes （曲）were thought to be vulgar （俗）and stodgy （平庸）by some elite cultural figures when they first appeared. But they are popular （欢迎）with the masses and have hit the world stage. This so-called "vulgar" art form is able to create classics.
[size=14.44444465637207px]China today needs sincere, profound and exquisite （精致）artworks as well as fresh, interesting and glowing mass cultural products, which, in fact, can be combined ）结合）perfectly.
[size=14.44444465637207px]"Blue and White Porcelain" （青花瓷）performed by Chinese pop star Jay Chou and written by Vincent Fang provides a pertinent （恰当）example by incorporating （吸收）Western musical styles into traditional Chinese culture. The beautiful song displays （展示）poetic imagery in a post-modern aesthetic （审美）manner, yielding（产生） a stunning （惊人）experience for the audience. Such works, created without the intention （意图）of pleasing Westerners, have gained （获得）wide recognition across Asia and beyond.
[size=14.44444465637207px]We should be confident in the vitality （活力）of traditional Chinese culture and not worry too much about Western cultural invasion（入侵）. A multitude of examples have proved that these foreign elements will push forward （推动）the growth of Chinese culture. And such inclusiveness （包容）is part of the charisma （魅力）of Chinese civilization.
[size=14.44444465637207px]Zi Cha, a freelancer （自由撰稿）based in Beijing.