Address by Interim Director of Centre for Chinese History and Culture, Prof. ZHU Shoutong
Situated in southern China and surrounded by the milieu of multi-culture and diversified ethnic groups, Macao boasts of its unique historical appearance and regional advantages; thus, it’s worthwhile for all walks of life in Macao to consider seriously the way how to construct the nationally cultural identification. To that end, under support of the Central People’s Government and Macao SAR Government, Centre for Chinese History and Culture (CCHC) was established on February 24, 2017 in University of Macau. With integration of all aspects of strengths and various types of resources, the future objective of CCHC is to strive for building up the centres, namely, the publicity centre to show the charm of Chinese history and culture and tell stories of China and Macao , the academic centre to study Chinese history and culture, the activity centre to promote Chinese history and culture, the education centre to enhance the cognitive level of Chinese history and culture, and the information centre to spread Chinese history and culture toward the youth of Macao and Portuguese-speaking countries.
For the purpose of deepening identification and understanding of school students toward Chinese history and culture, CCHC intends to establish promotion bases in Macao’s elementary and middle schools by telling stories of Macao and spreading Chinese history and culture, which would manifest the historical origin and power vitality of “One Country, Two Systems” strategy. Moreover, CCHC will cooperate with cultural associations of Macao to carry out activities concerning Chinese culture, arts and studies; by grasping the opportunity of building “One Centre and One Platform” in Macao and actively involving itself in the great national concept of “One Belt, One Road”, CCHC could be established as the forerunner overseas, especially in Portuguese-speaking countries.
Through much efforts in drawing on strength of academic and research advantages of UM and full collaboration with Tsinghua University and East China Normal University, CCHC would mobilize excellent faculty members to offer Master course in Chinese history and culture; in that case, CCHC is to become the important base for the cultivation of local humanity teachers and desirable talents in history education in local schools. The sense of ethnic identification of target audience would be strengthened after the compiling work of history and Chinese teaching references by experts and the organization of activities like lectures.
Meanwhile, CCHC will forge a culture research base together with University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which focuses are on literary culture and comparative research in China and the world. The Centre also regularly organizes high-level Chinese cultural forums with important cultural associations in the world and Macao to contribute to the promotion of traditional culture and the development of new Chinese culture. The intercultural pattern having existed since port-opening of Macao helps provide not only academic research with a broad view and peculiar perspective, but also the study, publicity and promotion of Chinese history and culture with the resource privilege. Accordingly, after its establishment, CCHC has held large-scale cultural seminar series and applied our influences in the aspect of history and culture to assisting in the differentiation of the relationship between Macao culture and other cultures for Macao residents; by virtue of reserving precious spiritual resources in local culture and transforming corresponding research results into historical wisdom, CCHC is engaged in endowing traditional Chinese history and culture with modern features.
As we know, the youth of Macao is provided with unprecedented opportunities and challenges: China is confronted with the critical time to establish an all-round affluent society; the compendium of the 13th Five-Year Plan is under comprehensive implementation; the concept of “One Belt, One Road” becomes the significant blueprint of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation; the construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area is in full swing. CCHC of University of Macau will strive for creating more chances for local youngsters to access and learn from splendid traditional Chinese history and culture; in this way, youth in Macao could comprehensively understand both Macao and traditional Chinese cultures, foster an attitude of courage to assume great historical responsibilities, exert self advantages fully, and contribute to his ingenuity and strength for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.