Thursday, January 18, 2007

故宫与星巴克

近来中国媒体闹得沸沸扬扬,因为北京故宫里面,竟然开了一间星巴克(Star Bucks)咖啡屋。大家都说这破坏了故宫的历史面貌。

其实,西方文化的毒侵,何止于此。一年前我游故宫的时候,就发现一个奇怪的现象: 讲解牌匾往往都印有一个西方赞助商的名字。比如,悬挂在坤宁宫大门前的牌匾,就印了American Express的名字。我还特地照了相。

当年八国联军入侵故宫,烧的烧,抢的抢,美国就是其中一个共犯。唐伯虎的的画,王曦之的字,很可能就在美国大兵点烟的当儿,化为灰烬。可以原谅,但不能忘记。现在反倒要American Express来赞助赞助,还让他们堂儿皇之地写下大名,实在愧对凡是有骨气的中国人。
抛开民族气节,历史问题不谈,纯粹从文物的艺术角度考虑,这也是一大破坏。大概没有哪个埃及人笨到允许美国佬在金字塔门前开一个麦当劳吧。

中国人现在并不穷了。两千亿美元的外交储备金闲在那儿干什么呢? 故宫并不稀罕外国公司的一分一毫。国家应该全面拨款,何必要看外国公司的脸色?

中国北京要迎奥运,迅速现代化,是无可厚非得的。胡同可以拆,四合院也可以铲平,但是故宫是中国灿烂文明的顶峰杰作,也是全世界华人的集体记忆,总可以饶了它吧?

3 Comments:

Blogger 非舞者 said...

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1/22/2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger 非舞者 said...

I've been waiting for a few days for people to comment on this. It proves my point: no one cares.

The great citizens of China don't care. Who are we to say anything?

Note: This is not to say you shouldn't say anything, but to point out that whatever emotion/passion, it will eventually drowned by their indifference.

1/22/2007 11:30 AM  
Anonymous jessica said...

I think its cool to have star bucks in Gu Gong Muzeum.

It's even more cool to have American Express- sponsored- plate to elaborate the war crimes that americans & co had committed. It has the same effect of the pubnishment where the school boy is coerced to hang a board around his neck stating that "I dare not miss my homework again".

2/16/2007 12:36 PM  

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