宁波诺丁汉大学张苡：Cultural clashes vs. cultural coexistence between China and west: my personal perspective
Ladies and gentlemen, during the long and fierce competition , I would like to sing a small piece of song to all of you at first, 'All the warriors in this world /Join the passion of this master of soul/ From the Chinese hills and shore/We still listen to Bruce Lee battle call……' You might be quite familiar with the melody , yes ,this is a song created to eulogize Bruce Lee, a most iconic figure known throughout the world. He is brave, confident and hardy. He is widely considered to be the most influential martial artist of the 20th century, and a cultural icon.
Bruce was not born ever successful, once he was just a naughty boy learning Kung Fu and studying in Hong Kong. Due to the frequent street fights he caused and other bad conducts, the boy was compelled to be sent to live in the United States. However, it was just the emigration that changed his life.
After moving to America, Bruce Lee did not change who he was but still devoting himself in martial art. He won countless boxing matches which led him to be discovered in Hollywood and became a film star. However, the success does not follow previous ways . By portraying Chinese nationalism in films ,Bruce fights for his dream bring the word 'Kung Fu' in English. He adds Chinese elements to movies he starred in and change martial art into a kind of art.
The culture clashes between traditional Chinese Kung Fu and modern western film culture does not lead to cultural conflicts, instead, the culture coexistence contributes to the birth of a brand new cinematic element, Kung Fu. By playing Chinese Kung Fu in the west , Bruce Lee reveal a new era of filmic actions which subtly shows the combination of Chinese aesthetic with the western freedom and enterprising spirit. By playing Chinese Kung Fu to Chinese, Bruce Lee proved the nation that traditional Chinese martial art is extensive and profound that we should always be proud of. By playing Chinese Kung Fu to the world, Bruce Lee reveal the strong power of culture coexistence , inspiring the world to communicate more and create new ideas.
To many, culture clashes seems like a negative concept. However, the process of globalization enables various cultures to create and to shine. Famous chain restaurants Dawning East are opened. Taken example by western food culture as KFC or Macdonald, the restaurant is now extremely welcomed in southeast China. Movie series like Hua Mulan and Kung Fu panda which combined Chinese and western culture are receiving enormous attention. Confucius Institutes are established around the world, which let more people understand eastern spirit and to construct new ideas between eastern and western spirits. As we can see, new cultures emerges shining with diverse features like rainbows. Classic cultures become monumental for the new is alive to last which enhance the lasting influence of the original. So, let the cultures meet and coexist, let the new born and shine.