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The Palace Museum houses a collection of national treasures, which are not only rare and precious artworks, but also serve as vehicles for Chinese philosophy and culture. Since its establishment, the Palace Museum has taken preserving and carrying the Chinese cultural heritage forward as its core mission. In the past few decades, the Palace Museum has endeavoured to activate its collection and make the museum more connected and relevant to the world beyond the museum walls. As a bridge between the past and the present, China and the world, the Hong Kong Palace Museum is committed to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture. With a Hong Kong perspective and a global vision, the Museum interprets the Palace Museum’s collection and its culture and presents the essence of Chinese culture and values to a global audience, while advancing dialogue and mutual learning among world civilizations. In this PolyU 85th Anniversary Public Lecture, we are honored to have Dr Louis Ng Chi-wa, the first Director of Hong Kong Palace Museum, presents a public lecture, A New Vision for Carrying the Traditional Culture Forward. We sincerely invite you to embark on a journey exploring cultural heritage through the lecture.
Event Date: 22.10.2022
Owing to its rapid development in recent years, China has been in the spotlight of the international arena. While understanding modern China's economy, technology and politics is important, knowing its cultural roots and evolution is no less crucial for seeing the full picture of Chinese culture. This course introduces 5 interesting aspects of Chinese culture in transformation.
Key questions of the course:
(1) What are the Four Great Classical Chinese Novels? What are the stories about? Why are they so famous and influential in Chinese literature?
(2) What is special about the art of Chinese operas? What are the symbolic meanings behind the face make-up, gestures and costumes? How do the operas serve as a medium for transmitting knowledge in Chinese culture?
(3) Why did the private Confucian academies thrive in the Song dynasty? Why was the famous Donglin Academy suppressed by the state in the Ming dynasty? How were the private academies engaged in the state educational reforms in the late Qing dynasty?
(4) How did New Confucianism emerge as a movement in the 20th century? What were the aspirations of the New Confucians? How did they address modern challenges to the development of Chinese science, democracy and cosmology? Did they succeed in modernizing Confucianism?
(5) What were the traditional expectations of gender roles in China? How was gender politics heightened in the labour force in early New China? What light does the film Li Shuangshuang shed on the gender awareness of Chinese socialism?
This book explores the role of traditional East Asian worldviews, ethical values, and common practices in the shaping of East Asian narratives in literature and film. It offers a specific method for this analysis. The interpretive goal is to arrive at interpretations that more accurately engage cultural information so that narratives are understood more closely in terms of their native cultural rather than that of the reader/interpreter. Current neuroscience related to processes of perception and the attribution of meaning form the basis for the theory of interpretation offered in the first half of the volume.