Snapshots of CHINA

 

China: approached with some apprehension, but without preconceptions.  A positively vibrant country, with a distinctly energetic, ‘hungry’,  and ambitious population clearly determined to embrace wholeheartedly,  the capitalist jungle with its attendant all pervading culture of selfishness and egotism.
 

The determination by its leaders to temper the zeal with some old-fashioned traditional values might succeed.  In the background there still lurks the image of a society engaged in survival, and struggling to emerge from that long ‘confinement’, but apparently determined to achieve an equitable society where the rights of the community transcends those of the individual. There is possibly a moral to be drawn from the fact that Chinese names start with the family surname whereas the ‘foreign’ names start with the personal name …!
 

The music chosen,  Butterfly Lovers Concerto,  is musically derived from Shaoshing opera, Zhejiang province, based on an old legend about two young lovers Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai.

 

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