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Q: Will "harmony" be replaced by "renaissance" ?

The new top man seems to like the word renaissance. What will this mean to us ?  Will future culture boffins sit and look at the marvels from the Chinese renaissance ?

7 years 16 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21819494

 

I've been out of the news loop for the past couple days and missed this. I personally was never much one for the "harmony" sound bite. Renaissance sounds a bit better. And from what I've seen from him so far, I like Xi a bit more than I liked Hu. Granted it's still too early to tell how effective his administration will be, but I think that his crackdown on those expensive banquets is a start. I also like his relative plainspoken-ness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Should there be a Renaissance time in China, then we need plenty of Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael,, Michelangelo, Tiziano, Francesco Petrarca, Giotto, even a Martin Luther to translate from one mentality to other the meaning of morality, virtues, ethic and so on. The list can go on and I am sure that there is a need of legions of people to hold on together in order for this Country to experience such Renaissance in the way Europe knew it, experimented it, enjoyed, developed it and freed the human spirit from ignorance and fears, the lot of them through which nations were controlled. Would this happen in China? Let's hope this is not a new propaganda. Renaissance it's a big and deep meaning and I'm afraid they don't know what they talk about. Should they understand its meaning they would be scared. 

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Chinese word for the Renaissance happened in Europe is 文艺复兴, which could be translated again as "literature/arts renaissance".  However the new top is talking about "伟大复兴", which means "great revitalization", without the civilization/culture part.... I'm afraid it's not going to be like the European Renaissance. Instead I think, might as well as many other Chinese feel, it's more like a nationalism call, with economy and military growth, and hardline stance when dealing with international issues. Or at least the government would portrait itself as so.

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Speaking of the "replacement",  it somehow formed a tradition, that each top guy will bring up his own political conception, as his achievement and contribution. Don't know if those conceptions make any difference for most folks. Mao had Maoism, which the party no longer takes it seriously . Deng invented "Socialism with Chinese Characteristics", which has become the target of sarcastic jokes. Jiang invented a new term "Three representations'. I remember how my middle school math teacher complaining that he had to write 10000 words long essays to prove he did study the idea.  Hu brought up with the "harmony society", and in the last few years China spent so much money on maintaining internal "harmony", which in other words is pretty much monitor and crackdown and oppress. Those internal stability maintenance budget over passed the military budget per year.

 

What would you expect of the new slogan, if you know how all the previous cases are like?

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