CPPCC Member Tian Qing: Modernization Cannot Be Achieved
at the Price of Breaking Traditional Cultur
According to a report by the China Youth website in
As Director of the Center for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tian Qing is called “conservative” because of his long-term commitment to the protection of intangible cultural heritage. “I am proud to protect cultural heritage and uphold the spiritual homeland”. He always believes that it is extremely important to keep traditional culture as it is and keep the genes of traditional culture unchanged. “Our modernization cannot be achieved at the price of breaking traditional culture. That is true cultural awareness”.
“Philosophical, historical and literary classics in written language, operas and folklores in oral language and traditional techniques are all part of our intangible cultural heritage”. Tian Qing said that with the development of society, a lot of the intangible cultural heritage has been lost. The protection of intangible cultural heritage seems to be protecting yesterday but in fact it is for the sake of better facing today and tomorrow.
“Over the past 30 years, we have marching rapidly on the path of modernization. However, we are sometimes too preoccupied with running forward to be conscious of where we are heading for or be able to find the path back”. Tian Qing is full of worries about the protection of intangible cultural heritage. “
To him, the protection of intangible cultural heritage is an important hallmark of our national cultural awareness also a necessary step on the Chinese nation’s running path to modernization. “We should not blindly run forward. We should think about it and look back”. Judging from now, the disappearance of some cultural heritage is unstoppable and no effective protective measure has been found. But that should not be an excuse for our doing nothing and for letting the cultural heritage run its own course.
“It’s like when one’s parents fall ill and even the doctors say that they may not be cured. What shall we do then? I believe that most people will continue to find ways to cure their parents, because we want to honor our filial duties. We should treat cultural heritage in the same way as we treat our parents, because cultural heritage is the root of our national culture and provides the soul for our national culture”.