|About 40 Asian sinologists and diplomats attend the first International Symposium on Chinese Culture and Asian Values held in Beijing Foreign Studies University starting on Friday. (People’s Daily Online/Chen Lidan)|
A qualified sinologist must possess international vision which is necessary for a clear view about how Chinese culture spreads and grows on foreign land, said a leading Chinese sinologist at an international symposium on Chinese culture and Asian values held in Beijing.
In the two-day symposium hosted by Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) from Friday, about 40 Asian sinologists shared their latest findings on cultural connection between China and their own countries and the universal meaning of Chinese culture in Asia.
Chinese culture’s spread on foreign land and the views of China inevitably have to be affected by political, economic and cultural environment in foreign countries, said Yan Shaodang, professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University who is a pioneer in China’s international sinological studies.
Over hundreds of years, foreign sinologists have derived their own interpretations of Chinese culture with different focuses. Sinology has grown into a sophisticated discipline with diversified opinions on China and its culture. Currently, the most thriving branches of sinology are in the United States, Europe and East Asia.
The job of Chinese sinologists is to find out what kind of changes has taken place in Chinese culture’s outbound spread and the reason, said Professor Yan.
Foreign sinologists’ interpretation essentially has become a part of their own country’s culture, therefore if Chinese sinologists want to figure out answer to these questions, they must possess international vision and the ability of understanding foreign culture, added Professor Yan.
Han Zhen, president of BFSU, said the symposium will help strengthen the mutual trust between China and other Asian countries and facilitate the “go-global” strategy of Chinese culture.