Continuing and Discontinuing Tradition


Chinese New Year Celebrations at Belmore Park

Some quotes for your Thursday evening, in a more general sense than described in the linked article.

Chinese do not talk much about emotions. It is considered unhealthy. You will hear a Chinese say, "I think...." rather than "I feel...", because you cannot help how you feel.

This relates somewhat to the Asian notion of love posts which I’ve written before, why should it not equally relate to other feelings other than love? Often it seems that Asian people, older ones at least, are more willing to describe themselves having a negative emotion than a positive one.

In fact, it took some thinking before I could find a way of expressing ‘I feel’ in Chinese. While there are distinct ways of saying ‘I think’, ‘I feel’ in terms of emotions is mixed into implications of ‘I think’ and ‘I feel’ in a physical sense, such as ‘I feel cold’.

Still, it’s not all bad news.

"Chinese youth used to have a strong sense of nationalism - that Chinese traditions are the best. I am not sure of that continuing in the future."

Although it can be disappointing to know that traditions are being lost, as I am regretful now of not learning the Chinese writing system as I should have, at the same time it is important and pleasing to know that we are still moving forward and not holding tightly onto the traditions of the past. Although it is still fun to celebrate Chinese New Year and the other traditional festivals, of course.

However, we must open our minds to other ideas and ways of living and embrace them. Otherwise women would still be getting their feet bound and living under the thumb of men. I look forward to the future’s blend of tradition and modern values.