Tradition, Cultural Modernization and Soft Power: China’s Anxiety and Options
Modernization is a worldwide historical phenomenon. The global expansion of Western culture, as a universal force, has promoted the ubiquitous shift of different traditional societies towards modernity. Along with changes in such aspects as production modes, economic patterns, social organization and political systems come the increasingly acute conflicts and contradictions between local traditions and modernity. These two competing forces are vying for control of the general public’s cultural consumption, lifestyle and values, while impacting on their attitudes and choices.