Traditional Culture? Modern Culture? It’s Become A Mirror Facing Inward

“I had hoped to find residues and traces of traditional China. But today, especially in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, the remnants of tradition — unwanted and unmourned — are rapidly dwindling. They are perceived as atavisms of underdevelopment that must be extirpated in the name of progress, in the service of catching up with, and ultimately surpassing, the West.”

Source: Los Angeles Review of Books 03/24/12