Top 2 Traditional Chinese Culture Misconceptions

20 Jun 2020
What is "Culture"
"Culture" involves arts, cuisine, clothing, construction, dance, history, literature, medicine, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, relics...

Indeed, every aspect of life—but at its very root,

it can be traced back to belief.
What is "Traditional Chinese Culture"
Traditional Chinese culture is based upon Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

They are not limited to tangible objects or visible skill.

Throughout Chinese history, the fields of medicine, astronomy, dance, music, painting, military tactics, literature, poetry, the culinary arts, construction, and other cultural displays have been guided at their highest levels by Buddhist or Taoist cultivation or by Confucian philosophy.

Without understanding this, there will be many misunderstandings about traditional culture.

2 Misconceptions about Traditional Chinese Culture
Here are two top common misconceptions:
Misconception #1: Limited to Tangible Objects or Visible Skill, Not See Past the Superficial Aspects of Chinese Culture
As an example of not seeing past the superficial aspects of Chinese culture: 

when thinking of kung fu, many will think of Bruce Lee or Kung Fu Panda movies, but the true kung fu is much deeper.

The most superior martial arts are not used for fighting.
Sadly, due to the Chinese Communist Party's decades-long effort to systematically destroy it, few people, even in China, are truly familiar with traditional Chinese culture.

You may hear people talking about traditional culture or attempting to display it.

But traditional Chinese culture is much more complex, profound, and spiritual than simply kung fu moves, dumplings, and lion dances.

Misconception #2: Traditional Culture Made China's Science Lag
Looking back at ancient China.

It may seem that ancient Chinese society was lagged behind the rest of the world in Science and Technology.

But the reality was quite the contrary.

Many innovations crucial to military and cultural development, like paper, printing, the compass, and gunpowder were first invented in ancient China. They only spread westward some 700 years later.

It was only after the mid-19th century that a technoligical gap opened between China and the West.

But this was precisely because the governments deviated from traditional China adaptive spirit and openness to innovation.

Author: Tina Sun
Tina Sun is an expert in Chinese culture and has been helping people for more than 10 years in exploring traidtional Chinese culture.

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