英语沙龙---China to collect handwritten family letters
CHINA has begun collecting handwritten letters between Chinese families, whether at home or abroad, after experts feared they could become a thing of the past with the arrival of e-mail and the telephone.
“These letters are a package of various cultures in literature, aesthetics and calligraphy. They also reflect the development of China’s traditional rites, papermaking industry, post and package services,” said Bai Gengsheng, deputy director of the China Folk Literature and Art Society, which is in charge of the collection project.
“They have helped maintain the emotional attachment between family members and recorded the social development over the past hundreds or even thousands of years,” Bai said.
Bai worries the next generation may know little about handwritten letters because and increasing number of people use e-mails, mobile phones and other modern communication channels to keep in touch.
He welcomed all kinds of handwritten letters, including letter paper and envelopes. There are no requirements on lengths, dates or addresses.
China’s National Museum will chose and show the 100 most valuable letters in the museum, Bai said. But he did not say how the museum would choose letters to be displayed.
The project is organized by the National Museum, China Folk Literature and Art Society and a Chinese national culture research institute.