The rooftop of the world in New York

Ti­betan his­tory, life and cul­ture ar­rive in the Big Ap­ple.

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

A cul­tural pro­gram ti­tled 2016 Ex­pe­ri­ence China—Cul­tural China in the USA opened at the Asian Cul­tural Cen­ter with a book and photo ex­hi­bi­tion and folk songs and dance on Mon­day.

The pro­gram was ini­ti­ated by China’s State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and is a flag­ship pro­gram to in­tro­duce the cul­ture of China to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The four-day pro­gram fea­tur­ing Ti­betan cul­ture, his­tory and life will in­clude sym­po­siums, sem­i­nars, me­dia fo­rums and doc­u­men­tary screen­ings. It is co-hosted by the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in New York, with sup­port from the Asian Cul­tural Cen­ter of the US.

Pho­tos taken by Chi­nese pho­tog­ra­phers fea­tur­ing the chang­ing times in Ti­bet were on dis­play for the open­ing cer­e­mony. Songs and dances were per­formed by the Eth­nic Song and Dance En­sem­ble of Aba Ti­betan and the Qiang au­tonomous pre­fec­ture in Sichuan province in south­west China.

“China is a united coun­try with var­i­ous eth­nic groups and var­i­ous cul­tures,” said Lu Guangjin, a di­rec­tor of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice. “The eth­nic groups liv­ing in the west part of China have cre­ated var­i­ous types of cul­ture with their wis­dom, thus en­rich­ing Chi­nese cul­ture”.

“New York is not only the in­ter­na­tional cen­ter for econ­omy and trade, it is a very crit­i­cal place for in­ter­na­tional cul­ture,” Lu said. “To­day, we are host­ing this pro­gram on the pros­per­ous is­land of Man­hat­tan to in­tro­duce the western cul­ture of China; it has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance.”

Lu said, as the United States is the out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of Western cul­ture and China is the grand ex­am­ple of Eastern cul­ture, to en­hance cul­tural ex­change be­tween China and the United States is very im­por­tant for global cul­tural devel­op­ment, and

We are here to ... in­tro­duce the cul­ture of western China.” Lu Guangjin, a di­rec­tor of State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice

it’s im­por­tant for en­hanc­ing so­cial and pub­lic opin­ion of the two peoples.

“Ex­actly be­cause of the ac­knowl­edge­ment, we are here to fa­cil­i­tate the Ex­pe­ri­ence China pro­gram to in­tro­duce the cul­ture of western China to you,” said Lu.

Lu said through this pro­gram, he hopes to give Amer­i­cans a closer look at Ti­betan cul­ture, which dom­i­nates the cul­ture of western China.

“Cul­ture is a bridge and plat­form that can help dif­fer­ent coun­tries and na­tions com­mu­ni­cate. Hope­fully, this pro­gram will help peo­ple of the US have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the western cul­ture of China, which is a very im­por­tant part of the over­all Chi­nese cul­ture,” said Zhang Meifang, deputy con­sul gen­eral of China in New York.

HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY

A song and dance show was pre­sented by the Eth­nic Song and Dance En­sem­ble, from the Aba Ti­betan and Qiang au­tonomous pre­fec­ture in Sichuan province, dur­ing the open­ing event of the cul­tural pro­gram ti­tled 2016Ex­pe­ri­enceChina—Cul­tur­alEx­plo­rationofWesternChina intheUSA at the Asian Cul­tural Cen­ter in New York on Mon­day.

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