Xinhua news agency, Seoul, January 28 – a summary of the cultural exchanges between China and South Korea featuring the “Han style” and “Korean current”
Xinhua News Agency reporter Lu Rui, Geng Xuepeng
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Korea, cultural exchanges have been constantly developing, and the “Han style” and “Korean current” complement each other, becoming a colorful landscape in the relations between the two countries.
China and South Korea are separated by a narrow strip of water. For thousands of years, people of friendship between the two countries have written a splendid chapter of people to people and cultural exchanges and passed on the historical stories of mutual learning and mutual learning. In recent years, China and South Korea have carried out cultural exchanges and people to people cooperation at different levels and in different forms due to their geographical proximity, mutual affinity and cultural connections. This has brought the people of the two countries closer, enhanced their mutual understanding and laid a solid foundation for the healthy development of bilateral relations.
In May 2019, park Liangyu, head of South Korea’s Ministry of culture, sports and tourism, chose China as the first stop of his visit. During his visit to China, he said that he is willing to strengthen exchanges and docking with China and promote people to people exchanges. In January this year, China and South Korea signed a memorandum on the mutual translation and publication of classics, opening a new stage of people to people exchanges and mutual learning between the two countries. The two sides agreed to jointly translate and publish 50 classic works of the two countries in the next five years, so as to provide more excellent cultural products for readers and people of the two countries.
In recent years, China and South Korea not only have continuous official exchanges, but also have more active non-governmental exchanges. “Han style” and “Korean current” complement each other, building a solid bridge for the two peoples to strengthen understanding and gather friendship.
At the end of March 2019, the “Silk Road culture month” hosted by Seoul Chinese culture center will be held in South Korea. The colorful cultural activities such as “Confucius hometown · great beauty Shandong photo exhibition”, “elegant charm of study — Chinese study culture experience workshop”, “tea · flower · piano · fragrance — Oriental life aesthetics Exhibition” were held to attract the audience. The similar and interlinked elements of Chinese and Korean cultures, such as the four treasures of the study and the fragrance of Camellia and Qin, have aroused deep resonance among Korean audiences, deepened their mutual recognition of Oriental civilization, and made the Korean people appreciate the unique charm of Chinese culture.
“Zhao’s orphan” is a familiar literary story in China. In May 2019, the large-scale national dance drama “Zhao’s orphan”, created by China Opera and dance theater, appeared in Seoul for the second time. The exquisite dance, grand music and concise and abstract dance beauty design conquered the audience. At the end of each performance, there was constant applause. In that month, Camel Xiangzi, a classic Chinese drama, was performed at the University Road theatre in Seoul as the closing ceremony of the Seoul Drama Festival, and was warmly welcomed by the Korean audience.
At the beginning of 2020, Korean chorus “I Maestri” was invited to Harbin, China to hold a new year’s concert. In addition to “Arirang”, the chorus is more ingenious. It brings “friends”, “defend the Yellow River”, “I love you, China” and other Chinese well-known wonderful repertoires in skilled Chinese, adding new highlights to the artistic exchanges between China and South Korea and winning wide praise.
After the COVID-19 incident, China and South Korea shared benefit by mutual discussion and actively innovating communication channels through “cloud Exhibition” and “cloud dialogue”, and innovating communication forms, so that people’s hearts could be interconnected in cyberspace. Wang Yanjun, cultural counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in South Korea and director of the Seoul Chinese cultural center, said that under the influence of the epidemic last year, the center also hosted more than 40 activities online and offline, with the active participation of all walks of life in South Korea. Cultural exchanges between the two sides will be further strengthened to promote the continuous development of friendly relations between China and South Korea.
Qu Huan, President of the Korea China Cultural Friendship Association, told Xinhua that although the epidemic objectively hindered face-to-face exchanges, the ways of communication and dialogue between the two countries were more diverse. “Under the epidemic situation, there are more cloud based dialogues between South Korea and China, and the ways of communication have been” floating “, but each other’s hearts have calmed down, and they cherish and yearn for opportunities for exchanges.”
South Korean Prime Minister Ding Shijun said in response to questions from Xinhua News Agency reporters at a foreign journalists’ Policy Seminar on 27 July that in the past 20 years, economic and trade exchanges between South Korea and China have been the most active, and people to people and cultural exchanges have also made great progress. South Korea is adjacent to China, and cultural exchanges help to strengthen the ties between the two countries and reduce the estrangement between the two peoples. “It is expected that the two sides will take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year as an opportunity to hold a series of cultural activities, and take this as a starting point to strengthen bilateral exchanges in various fields and enhance ROK China friendship.”