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Brief review: Change of 60 years Chinese culture

2009-09-25 14:55 BJT

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Starting from now, we'll broadcast a seven-episode special series to celebrate the culture of new China over the past sixty years. From the limited past time enjoyments of decades ago, China's cultural and entertainment scene has moved into a phase of countless forms and dazzling colors. From books and a TV set as every family's only entertainment, people nowadays can enjoy themselves with portable gadgets, on the subway, on a bus, in the office, or in their own living room. Various media has offered people many options for relaxation and fun.

On today's first episode of the Series, we'll have a brief review to see how the cultural life of Chinese people has changed drastically over the sixty years.

Cultural life reflects the change of society with its rich and enchanting visage. From local operas, film, and music, to the fashion and hair styles of people, sixty years of time have witnessed the evolution of every aspect of Chinese people's cultural life.


The first big cultural activity of New China was the founding ceremony of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949. Since then, Tian An Men Square has become a landmark for large scale gatherings.

The most popular entertainments for Chinese people include fireworks displays, art shows, and public gatherings. People receive inspiration and feel great joy among the cheering crowds. Yangge performance and stilt walking became popular shows. Chinese people liked to immerse themselves among the carnival groups, in which they experience an inspiring spirit of unity.

Filmmakers burst into new enthusiasm to create brand new works. In 1959, the ten-year anniversary of the founding of New China, Chinese filmmakers made a record number of movies within the past decade.

Examples include the biopics "Lin Ze Xu", and "Nie Er", the war pictures "Fight in Shanghai", "Seeking bandits in Desert", and films reflecting people's life "Five Daughters", "Sisters on Ice" and "Youngsters in Our Village". There were also films adapted from literary classics such as "Lin Family Shop" and "The Song of Youth". Screen idols Zhao Dan, Xie Tian, Jin Shan, Xie Fang became admired by millions.