Some Thoughts on “Cultural Self-Awareness”
I have raised the subject of “cultural self-awareness” frequently over the past few years. Back in 1997, I first formally used the term at the Second Advanced Workshop on Sociology and Anthropology organized by Peking University. I felt the term described the goal of the forum and summed up what we were discussing. It was an expression of how intellectual circles felt in the face of economic globalization and also of the strong desire to understand why peoples’ attitudes change with cultural contacts. Mankind has developed to the point of wanting to know where all these national cultures come from, how they formed, what their essential natures are, and where they are taking us.