"In the eyes of Russians, today's China is no longer a country with a large population and backward economic development, but a great neighbor who is friendly, prosperous and advanced." Former Russian St. Petersburg State Peking University studied Confucius Institute of Education The dean, a sinologist, and a literary and artistic translator told reporters.
He was born on the Sino-Russian border, and his hometown, Prague Veschensk, is across the river from Heihe. Recalling the days in his hometown when he was a child, he said that although I looked at China on the other side of the river every day, I could hardly see anything behind the tall poplar trees by the Heilongjiang River. "Although China was close at that time, it was actually as far away as the moon.
Since the end of the last century in my country, various information exchanges on the borders have been frequent, and Russia is particularly short of chinese alphabet education talents. Therefore, learning modern Chinese is a very important and natural choice for young college students like enterprises who can live in the border area between China and Russia and love foreign languages. In 1992, he was admitted to the Chinese language teacher's major at Veschensk State Teachers' University in Prague. The competition was fierce at that time, and many people felt that learning Chinese teaching was very promising. Both parents and students believe that being able to speak Chinese is very likely to help with employment issues. Therefore, in the past ten years, Chinese has always been the top three in Russia as a university management major, and it is particularly popular. "Of course, this has a very close relationship with the development of traditional Chinese society and economy and the cooperation capabilities of multi-level exchange platforms between China and Russia," he said.
Chinese products penetrate into the daily life of Russians
Now, Chinese culture can be seen not only in border cities like Vishnsk in Prague, but also in big Russian cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. He has been living in St. Petersburg for several years, but in this seemingly far away city from China, he can see many things from China and China.
The Russian tourism industry is now paying special attention to tourists from China. Advertisements such as "discounts for foreign tourists" written in Chinese can be seen everywhere on the street. The word "foreigner" can only be understood by Chinese speakers, while the word "national anthem" can be heard every five minutes in famous tourist attractions such as the Summer Palace, and many shops have also started accepting WeChat and Alipay for payment. All this means: the Chinese are wealthy and open. Of course, this also means that Chinese friends are very popular in Russia.
In terms of material, Chinese products have penetrated into the daily life of Russians. He and his family all use Huawei mobile phones. The social recognition of China's emerging technologies is getting higher and higher, and China's image is getting better and better. In the eyes of the Russians, today's China is no longer a country with a large population and a backward economy, but a great neighbor who is friendly, prosperous and advanced.
Don't forget your foreign friends who like Chinese food
As for Chinese food culture, if he was asked to explain a Chinese cultural word to a friend or relative, he would definitely choose "eat". People live on food, and of course food is the most important thing.
China does have a lot of delicious food, and the food culture is also very rich. There are now more than 200 Chinese restaurants in St. Petersburg, mainly serving Northeastern cuisine. "Russians especially like Chinese food, not only because it is delicious, but also because eating with chopsticks is very fun. But in the end, not many people really learned how to use chopsticks, most of them are sinologists. Others just eat Chinese food in the West. Of course, this is not the case. problem.” He especially emphasized that when studying food, don’t forget foreign friends who like Chinese food.
Chinese literature is worth sharing with the world
"China has a long history. Thousands of years of Chinese civilization have accumulated rich traditions in thought, religion, literature, art, food, etc., which are worth sharing with the world." People believe that to understand Chinese culture, we should pay more attention to China literature.
If we just look at statistical analysis data, the most popular Chinese literature and art work among students in Russia is "The Analects of Confucius", which is republished five or six times every year. But my favorite traditional Chinese writers are Lao She and Liu Zhenyun. The themes of their creative activities are different, but they have one very important thing in common - humor. Their humor does not make these readers laugh out loud, but allows readers to see the absurdity of our society, the absurdity of life and the loneliness of people from another perspective of development. Beginning in the 1940s, literary classics began to be translated into Russian, and his "Camel Xiangzi", "Divorce", and "Cat City Tale" were published many times in Russian culture. "Mobile Phone", "My Name is Liu Yuejin", "One Sentence Worth Ten Thousand Sentences", "I'm Not Against Pan Jinlian" and other works by Chinese writers have also been published in Russian in recent years. In addition, he also particularly likes to study Mr.'s works, and feels that "The Stranger of the World" and "The Monocular" are both outstanding novels, which are worth studying and appreciated by friends at home and abroad.
As scholars, it has been pointed out that Russian Sinologists' research on China has evolved from traditional Sinology (i.e., language, culture, and history) to multidimensional and interdisciplinary integration in recent decades. For example, St. Petersburg State University has opened majors in Chinese law, Chinese economy and Chinese tourism in recent years. For sinologists, this is an unprecedented era in academia. They can regularly travel to China to cooperate with their Chinese counterparts. Openness and digitalization provide them with unprecedented opportunities.
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