Since more and more Chinese villages are deserted and peasants are becoming city residents, will Chinese traditional culture disappear?
Justin McCandless, Programmer and traveler
In the US, many people young and old live in the country in small towns and are very proud of that fact. You could offer them a wall street penthouse and they wouldn"t take it.
In China, I got the feeling that there was less of this sentiment right now, and people were overly attracted to the promise of the booming cities. Even in the countryside, I saw several tiny agricultural villages with a big new apartment building being built right next door to old brick courtyards, in what seemed like an out of place attempt to imitate the city.
When this gold rush to the big cities has died off a bit, I think that some people will be attracted to a more traditional lifestyle over continuing the metropolitan rat race. Yes culture is always changing, but I think that from here, there can only be more people interested in living China's traditional rural lifestyle, not less.
As a disclaimer, these are the impressions of an American that worked in Beijing briefly and made the occasional excursion into the countryside, which is barely enough experience to make a guess at a big question like this. I'd love to hear the opinion of anyone else with exposure to this kind of shift in China or elsewhere
Patricia Collins, Very diverse interests and academic background
Any culture changes as the environment changes and as the people in the culture migrate. In China there have been go nments that have required their citizens to change their cultural ways (rapidly; not evolutionarily).
Similarly in the U.S., Native Americans were forced to change many of their cultural traditions and are now working hard to restore them. This has meant finding artifacts that help them learn their native language, a language they were forbidden to speak for 3-4 generations. They are also relearning their cultural foods, dress, and dances. But few Native Americans would deny that their traditional culture has nearly "disappeared"-- as they are stuck on barren reservations with extremely high unemployment and limited ability to carry out their traditional ways of food gathering and, in some cases, migrating. They have cell phones, high-def television, and WiFi.
What rural Chinese cultures (there have to be many, given the size of the country!) almost surely cannot retain all the traditional ways, they have the advantage of being able to write down the revered elements of their culture and their "ways" of living. This would do a lot to keep those cultures from disappearing soon. And some young people will want to return to a rural, traditional Chinese culture. The key will be weather than can bring a kind of work that makes an adequate income without spoiling the rural cultural region.
Nancy Parker, former Retired Small Business Owner
I doubt it will disappear, but it will change. Look at the nomads in Mongolia--the famous horseback riders. Or indigenous people in South America. The only constant is change-said by somebody whose name I don't remember.
Swagato Barman Roy
Maybe. A lot of traditional cultures are waning across the globe as it becomes more homogenised. And cities are melting pots of cultures, ethnicities where some aspects of some culture thrive, some others disappear. It may make some people happy, some people sad.
But I hardly see that as a cause of serious concern