Exhibition: Protection of National Intangible Cultural Heritage
Protection of National Intangible Cultural Heritage—the Opening Ceremony of Protection of Traditional Chinese Medicine Held in Beijing
The exhibition of protection of national intangible cultural heritage---protection of Traditional Chinese Medicine, sponsored by Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, P.R.C. and undertaken by China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), was opened ceremoniously at CACMS on June9th, which happened to be the second “Cultural Heritage Day”. More than 100 people attended the opening ceremony, including Li Daning, the Deputy Director-General of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM), Zhang Qi, the Director-General of the International Cooperation Department of SATCM, the members from the working committee of the protection of national intangible cultural heritage, Prof. Cao Hongxin, the President of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Prof. Liu Baoyan, Qiu Fulin and Ma Ying, the leaders of the academy, Liu Changhua, the Director of the Institution of History and Literature of Chinese Medicine of CACMS Prof. Wang Xuetai, Wang Xiaotao and Sun Shu chun, the representative successors of traditional medicine of national intangible cultural heritage and specialists and scholars from Chinese medicine field. Liang Jusheng, the Vice President of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences presided over the opening ceremony.
During the long developing history, human beings have created various kinds of culture. However, as time went on, a large proportion of cultural forms have been extinct, which become a heart-rending section of the human history and even some of which haven’t been known by people living in modern times.In order to protect the existing cultural forms from being extinct, the United Nations (UN) passed the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1972 and the UNESCO has initiated the List of World Heritage since 1979, which significantly promoted countries around the world to protect the material heritage.As the significance of intangible cultural heritage has been gradually developed, the UNESCO passed the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003, which set required regulations for protecting intangible cultural heritage like languages, songs and manual techniques and further boosted countries to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage.The convention especially required that countries and regions around the world sort and count the existing intangible cultural heritage, list the important and representative heritage that need immediate rescue and establish a committee of the protection of intangible cultural heritage made up of experts and member representatives to coordinate the related work. The state government has issued some political documents in succession since 2005, like Suggestion on Strengthening the Work of Protecting National Intangible Cultural Heritage and Announcement on Protecting Cultural Heritage. After that, different regions and fields in our country paid more attention to safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage.Rooted in the soil of Chinese tradition, the traditional Chinese medicine passed on from generation to generation with a long history.She cognizes life and diseases with wise mind and protects human health with efficient method.As the economic and cultural globalization strongly promoted, people realized the importance of cultural diversity and the value of traditional knowledge to human’s future and sustainable development.
In Prof. Cao Hongxin’s speech, he mentioned that the key reason for Chinese medicine to apply for protection as the national cultural heritage is that Chinese medicine is not only medical knowledge, but more importantly, it contains profound Chinese cultural deposits.This unique medical discipline has made a great contribution to the prosperity of our nation and the health of mankind.Up to now, Chinese medicine still keeps up with the time and play important role for people’s health.In process of application, the specialists in China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences have made great efforts. Among the total 518 projects that applied for protection in the country, traditional medicine occupied 9.Six of the nine projects were applied by China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.We believe that through the protection and usage of traditional cultural knowledge and extensive popularity of its knowledge, Chinese medicine will sure to make more dedication for the health of man.
Prof. Li Daning pointed out in his delivery that SATCM considers the protection of intangible cultural heritage, especially the protection of Chinese medicine cultural heritage, which has become our strategic commission, as an essential component of the succession and development of Chinese medicine.The protection of Chinese medicine---the intangible cultural heritage, is a brand new project, thus it presents a problem of succession and innovation.Chinese medicine culture is the treasure and pride of our nation. We are going to take the advantage of the protection of traditional Chinese medicine, further cope with the relationship between succession and development and take courage to innovate so as to push the development of traditional medicine into a new developing era.
Among the first 518 entries of intangible cultural heritage at the state level, there are 9 entries on traditional medicine, including recognition method of life and diseases in the view of Chinese medicine, diagnosing method of Chinese medicine, Chinese drug processing technique, traditional preparation method of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Chinese medicinal bone setting, Tong Ren Tang Chinese medicine culture, Hu Qing Yu Tang Chinese medicine culture and Tibet medicine, the former 6 of which are applied by China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences and its subordinate bodies.As a result, China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences won the title of “ Pioneer Institution for Protection of National Intangible Cultural Heritage”; The institution of history and literature of Chinese medicine, acupuncture institution, the research institution of the basic theory of Chinese medicine, herbal institution and Wang Jing Hospital are separately awarded the board of “ Protected Institution”by Ministry of Culture; Shen Zhixiang and Liu Changhua are awarded the title of “Pioneer Individual for Protection of National Intangible Cultural Heritage”.
This exhibition will end on June, 14th not be open to the public any more.