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Many friends of ours who have grown up in Western countries are attracted by the mystic colors of the Eastern countries. China, with her ancient civilization, is by far the most enchanting of all countries in the Eastern world. For satisfying your desire to grasp Chinese culture, SANLIDA Co. has specifically prepared for you the special column entitled Chinese Culture.
 

Core Of Chinese Culture

What is culture? What does culture consist in? This question is really a hard nut to crack. Culture has no shape; it 's not susceptible of description. Culture has no scope; it's hard to set bounds to. Culture is like air. We live in it every day, we can't leave it for a moment, but when we hold out our hands and try to “take hold of” it we' ll find that it is ubiquitous and is with us all the time---only not to be taken hold of by us. A cultural phenomenon, whatever it is, cannot occur at random, by accident, and with no reason at all. The task set for the science of culture is to find the reasons and explicate them.

The core of culture, the ideological nucleus of a nation, is the general program of the existence and development of the nation. Once we seize hold of the general program, everything falls into place. Only when we have taken full command of the ideological core of a nation's culture, can we have a comparatively deep and thoroughgoing understanding of the nation's cultural characteristics, cultural personality, cultural behavior and cultural psychology. That is to say, only when a Westerner has mastered the ideological core of Chinese culture can he/she look at a Chinese with understanding, with penetration, and with precision. It is for this reason that in previous articles I have introduced you to the influence that Chinese classical philosophy has had on her culture. Philosophy is abstruse, while culture in itself is concrete, vivid and lively. Thus, the core of culture can be no other than a highly abstract philosophical generalization. Moreover, this kind of abstract generalization must be shown as true by the vivid, concrete, and lively cultural phenomena. It is difficult to derive the abstract from the concrete. It is even more difficult to return from the abstract to the concrete. Culture is doubtless made up of a great multitude of cultural phenomena. These phenomena, like biological cells that contain the secrets of life, contain the genetic code, so to speak, of a nation's culture. A conclusion that naturally follows is: A nation's culture embodies the nation's cultural personality.
 

Ancient Chinese Culture


If we say that a Chinese is an enigma and Chinese culture is also an enigma, then the ideological core of Chinese culture is the most enigmatic of all enigmas.

What is the core of Chinese culture, cultural personality, Cultural phenomena? What is the Chinese cultural behavior and cultural psychology? That is to say, only when a Westerner has mastered the ideological core of Chinese culture can he/she look at a Chinese with understanding, with penetration, and with precision.

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