Why China need not fear Christmas: Chinese values go back a long way
- Chinese traditional values and culture are unique and enduring, they have strong roots and are irreplaceable. Enriching the variety of cultures enriches lives
I am writing in response to the column, “Enjoying Christmas doesn’t make you any less Chinese” (December 30), on how some authorities in mainland China imposed restrictions on festive decorations and discount sales.
Christmas is a time for celebrating joy, love and peace. It enables everyone to share their happiness with others. It is a precious time for hanging out with family and friends. Therefore, it is hard to understand why some Chinese governments should forbid citizens to celebrate this festival, even threatening punishment for those caught selling Christmas trees, wreaths, stockings or Santa Claus figures (“Chinese officials ban Christmas, crack down on those ‘spreading religion’”, December 18).
Actually, Chinese traditional values are not threatened by celebrations of the spirit of Christmas. Chinese culture is highly appreciated by its citizens and even foreigners. Celebrations of Lunar New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival take place around the world and are enjoyed by non-Chinese too – not to mention Chinese cuisine, which can be found almost everywhere you go. Chinese culture is unique and enduring, it has strong roots and is irreplaceable. There are no conflicts between Chinese and Western cultures.
With globalisation, it is natural to see increasing integration and interdependence of the economic and political aspects of countries, and of their cultures. Not only does China share its cultural assets with the world, it also accepts other cultures and promotes them. Enriching our variety of cultures is a growing trend and this enriches our lives in the long run.
The Chinese government should see Christmas as a joyful festival that citizens can celebrate, rather than as a foreign invasion. Lift restrictions on Christmas, to protect basic human rights. It is hoped that everyone in China can celebrate Christmas together with no barriers.
Karen Ng, Tsing Yi