writers Fei Liena, Yu Rong BEIJING (Xinhua) -- “During
the process of the Chinese culture going global, the Chinese Local
Chronicles Culture should act as a bellwether and pacesetter,” Ji
Xiangde, chief of the Chinese Local Chronicles Guidance Group (GLCGG),
told Xinhua here on Tuesday.
In a keynote speech delivered at
two-day the International Symposium on Local Chronicles which opened
here on Tuesday, Ji said that against the backdrop of the great
rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and during the process of
implementation of the “going global” strategy of the Chinese
culture, the Chinese LCs Culture should have the confidence and
courage to shoulder its responsibility and take a leading role.
Li Peilin, deputy chief of the General
Office of the GLCGG, said this symposium, themed “Chinese Local
Chronicles Culture Going Global”, aims to serve as a platform for
increasing communication and cooperation between Chinese and
overseas scientific institutions, academies, libraries and
individual collectors on local annals.
He expressed the hope that relevant
organizations and personnel could share their collections and
cooperate to further push this unique Chinese culture to embrace the
“Let’s tell the stories of China, and
share Chinese wisdom, Chinese experience with the world,” Li
James Cheng, Librarian of Harvard-Yenching
Library which is one of the two western libraries boasting of the
largest collections of ancient Chinese books, echoed Li’s remarks by
proposing to Chinese and Western institutions that they cooperate in
digitalization of Chinese local chronicles, and exchange their
collected documents on a regular basis.
Though the compilation of Chinese LCs
dated back to more than 2,000 years ago, its journey to the outside
world only started in modern times.
Since the founding of the People’s
Republic of China in 1949, particularly since China adopted the
policy of reform and opening up in 1978, exchanges between the
Chinese local chronicles community and the relevant foreign
organizations have seen a boost, and China’s LCs Culture has sped up
its journey of going global.
For centuries, the Chinese LCs, due to
their professionalism and big volumes, were only paid attention to
by academia and historians, especially by Chinese scholars. In
recent years, with the national goal of building China into a
powerful cultural country, the Chinese LCs have been playing an
increasingly important role.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua,
Ji said: “To serve the Chinese culture going global strategy, the
GLCGG launched the Project of the Chinese LCs Culture Going Global
“We have been using two main methods:
inviting-in and going-out,” he said, “We invite overseas
scholars to come to China as well as send Chinese experts to
Japan, South Korea, the United States, Germany, Australia and
other countries to reinforce academic exchanges. We also hold
international symposiums like this to gather members of the
Chinese LCs community to foster friendship.”
According to him, the Chinese LCs have
a unique advantage among foreign scholars for their character of
“telling historical facts without comments”, thus they are a
reliable, comprehensive and accurate source of knowing China, old
The GLCGG is also working with foreign
libraries such as Harvard-Yenching Library to digitalize Chinese LCs
and post them on the Internet, some with English translations and
interpretations, so as to provide access to ordinary people as a
database, Ji added.
As a historical record reflecting the
natural, political, economic, cultural and social situations of
certain administrative regions, the Chinese Local Chronicles reflect
history and the present through the veil of time. There are now over
8,000 categories of LCs remaining, accounting for one-tenth of
China’s total collection of ancient books.
During the two-day International
Symposium on Local Chronicles, more than 150 professionals and
experts from China, the United States, Germany, Japan and other
countries and regions are gathering in Beijing to discuss topics
such as LCs study, LCs collection and utilization, LCs Culture
inheritance and innovation, and LCs Culture Globalization.