A seminar on “Chinese-style Modernization in Border Ethnic Areas” was held in Hekou, Yunnan: Promoting connectivity among border ethnic groups to achieve sustainable development
China News Service, Yunnan News, November 16 (Yang Jingyan) On the 15th and 16th, the academic seminar on “Chinese-style Modernization in Border Ethnic Areas” organized by the School of Ethnology and Sociology of Yunnan University was held in Hekou, Yunnan. During the meeting, which coincided with the 60th anniversary celebration of Hekou Yao Autonomous County, experts and scholars from inside and outside the province conducted discussions on the theme of “Chinese-style modernization in border ethnic areas” and the socio-economic and cultural development of Hekou County.
This seminar is divided into keynote speech sessions and “Research on Building a Strong Consciousness of the Chinese National Community”, “Research on Ethnic Exchanges and Integration and Port Economy and Culture”, “Rural Revitalization and Chinese-style Modernization” and “Building a Strong Consciousness of the Chinese National Community from the Perspective of “Yao Culture Research” and other sub-forums attracted more than 70 experts and scholars from Yao societies and more than 10 universities inside and outside the province. The guests attending the meeting focused on “Chinese-style modernization practices and experiences of borderland ethnic groups”, “Local practices and case studies that solidify the consciousness of the Chinese nation’s community”, “Chinese-style modernization process and social and cultural changes in southwest China’s ethnic areas”, “Chinese-style modernization process and borderland ethnic groups”. Discussions were held on topics such as “Integration of regional social governance”, “Chinese-style modernization process and the preservation and innovation of border ethnic culture”, “Cultural mission of border ethnic studies in the construction of modern civilization of the Chinese nation”, “Cultural empowerment and rural revitalization of border ethnic areas”, and discussed how to improve The development level of border areas provides better living conditions and development opportunities for residents in border areas.
Yu Yang, Secretary of the Hekou County Party Committee, said in his speech that in the 60 years since its establishment, Hekou Yao Autonomous County has achieved a historic leap from “straight through the ethnic groups” to a comprehensive well-off society, and from the tail end of reform to the forefront of opening up to the outside world. This special seminar was held in Hekou, which highlighted the importance of Hekou as a border ethnic area and also brought new opportunities to the development of Hekou. In particular, the Chinese-style modernization in border ethnic areas requires strong intellectual support. It is hoped that experts and scholars can propose a series of new perspectives, new ideas, new methods, and new strategies to contribute wisdom to promote connectivity and achieve high-quality development in border ethnic areas.
He Ming, dean of the School of Ethnology and Sociology at Yunnan University, said that Yunnan University has long-term cooperation with Hekou to jointly build a research center on the consciousness of the Chinese nation’s community, and is committed to solving problems through multiple in-depth surveys, publication of research papers, academic exchanges, etc. Various ethnic issues existing in the current social environment, and promote integration and exchanges between ethnic groups, and explore the feasibility in practice. In the future, we will also cooperate in the fields of port research, deeply explore the cultural connotation and border trade of the port area, and create a regional economic cooperation platform.
In his keynote speech “Smooth Smoothness: The Key to Port Development”, He Ming proposed that smooth flow is the foundation and prerequisite for port economic development. The flow of people, road connectivity, cargo circulation, financing, information communication, and people-to-people connections can all stimulate port development. It has the potential to have an impact on services, cross-border transportation, cross-border finance, trade processing and other industries, bringing more opportunities to Yunnan and better connecting the world.
Cun Yunji, director of the Institute of Ethnic Culture at Dali University, is particularly concerned about the conservation and inheritance of vernacular architecture. “Vernacular architecture is an important part of national cultural heritage and has great historical value or commemorative significance. It needs to be protected through wisdom and efforts.” Cun Yunji said that the integration of vernacular architecture with society and economy should be strengthened, and through policy support, cultural Improve the protection and development level of vernacular architecture through exchanges, technological innovation and other means to promote rural revitalization and protect the long-term development of vernacular culture.
He Haishi, associate professor at the School of Ethnology and Sociology of Yunnan University, shared the balance between the traditional value of the Yao kinship system and modern development. Taking Mianyao Village in Ruyuan, northern Guangdong, as an example, he focused on the inheritance and renewal of its kinship system, and explored the relationship between these changes and national culture, social history, modernization and other aspects.
The seminar also invited You Weiqiong, Dean of the School of Law and Sociology of Yunnan Normal University, and Zheng Yu, Professor of Yunnan University for Nationalities, to deliver speeches titled “Population Security and Strategies in China’s Border Areas” and “Rural Revitalization Practices in the Process of Chinese Modernization” and its Keynote Lecture on Anthropological Interpretation. (over)