This is a short summary of one of the articles from Webzine SILKROADIA VOL.2 NO.2. For more specialized information, please download our Webzine, and read " Chinese architecture scholars and Foguang Temple" written by Wu Hao is an associate researcher, Institute for Advanced Study of Regional and Global Governance; and executive director, Institute of Silk Road Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.
Since the New Culture Movement at the beginning of the last century, the academic development of China has had a close and complex relationship with that of the rest of the world. At the same time, the paradigm of the contemporary Chinese system of academic discipline has been established and come down in one continuous line. In order to make an in-depth study of human civilization, for the protection and inheritance of the achievements of human civilization, and to get out of the trap of the “Clash of Civilizations” narrative, Chinese and foreign academic, intellectual, and cultural communities have worked together to carry out extensive academic exchanges, developing valuable insight on how to promote “interpersonal exchanges,” especially for mutual understanding among intellectual elite. Chinese scholars began to systematically review Chinese academic history and civilization from modern perspectives and scientific methods. This development began in 1919 with Hu Shi, the advocate of the Vernacular Movement in China and Professor at Peking University, where he published the article “Significance of New Ideas” in the first issue of the seventh volume of New Youth. In this article, Hu Shi put forward the idea of “studying problems, introducing the scientific method, reviewing national heritage, and reconstructing civilization.” The New Culture Movement, also known as the "Chinese Renaissance" in English, involved academic and cultural exchanges, as well as mutual learning about civilizations between China and foreign countries, brought about by the powerful intellectual impetus of the “Chinese Renaissance.”
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