2011外研社杯全国英语演讲大赛 重庆市一等奖 全国三等奖
When it was announced that this year China will allow 14 more IMAX OR 3D movies imported from the US, there were both applause and worries. Some people analyzed this move politically or financially, while others, looking deeper, argued culturally. “It is going to be an overwhelming cultural shock”, they said, “and we are concerned since our traditional culture might be forced to clash with its western counterparts.”
Movies, as a form of art, are our ways of expressing ourselves, reflecting our values and pondering about who we are.
Chinese movies usually focus on feelings and try to strike a chord with its audience through emotional bonds. While western movies, among whom Hollywood movies is a poster child, focus more on plots, and usually bring its audience logical thinking and visual shocks.
Apparently, Chinese and western movie cultures are quite different. So it is understandable that some Chinese people are worried about foreign movies brainwashing us with their values and cultures. But, hey, why don’t we look at this from another perspective? Have you thought of the fact that by having more foreign movies on our market and compete with domestic ones, we are actually challenging ourselves? Since our audience base is limited, the best movies survive. With that motivation and pressure, we try harder to upgrade ourselves. Plus, competitions stimulate us to know about and learn from each other which also help us improve. In fact, the mutual-learning process is happening as we speak. These years, Hollywood movies have adopted a lot of Chinese elements. From the movie Mu Lan which combines Chinese stories with American spirit to the blockbuster animationKung Fu panda, Chinese elements have added a touch of mystery and exoticness into American productions, thus giving their audience a refreshing experience. On our side, we have adopted their special effects and now are using them in many ways.
Yes, while coexisting, different movie cultures will inevitably clash, but it doesn’t have to be ugly, instead, it can be instructive for both sides because it is in the clash that we find out where our strengths and shortcomings are and it is in such clash that we figure out fundamentally who we are.
It is not just about movies, the same can be applied to our entire cultural systems.
Cultural coexistence helps us know and understand each other better while cultural clash helps us look at ourselves with more clarity.
Those who are conservative claim there is risk of cultural invasion. Well that is one way of looking at it, one way which suggests a lack of confidence. As a civilization-state boasting thousands of years of history, what we the Chinese need to do is embrace the other worlds with both confidence and reflection.