Reflections, Dialogues and the Consciousness of Culture
This essay was presented at the Second Advanced Workshop on Social and Cultural Anthropology held in Peking University in January 1997. By reflecting on 60 Years of personal involvement in anthropological research, the author points out that "culture" has been a critical issue in the 20th century. In the 20th century, too many "borderlines" have been drawn between cultures. Such cultural "borderlines" have often induced conflicts between races, nation states, ethnic groups and regions. In the eyes of the author, they are in fact obstacles to mutual understanding between peoples. As the world is evolving toward the 20st century, how will human beings be treating their different cultures? If cultural borderlines continue to exert their influence on human life, it will be impossible for people to live together peacefully in this small planet. Thus, the author calls on social scientists concerned with cultural issues to reevaluate human diversity and to facilitate the growth of a new sense of cultural consciousness.
【CateGory Index】： C912.4