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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHMIDGE HEftALD Wtdnttdoy, Junt 1973 Revitalized Chinese culture often a delicate balancing act By CARL MOLLINS PEKING un- der communism is beginning to come to terms with its im- perial past, balancing a politi- cal view of the old days as socially corrupt against a rec- ognition that years of history produced things and thoughts of beauty. The times as delicately done as a pyramid of Chinese acrobats, at others clumsy and heavy expression in myriad attitudes and art forms. Although the party has preached the need for lite> ature, pictures, drama and music with political purpose, party head Mao Tse-tung him- self has confessed a weakness for traditional poetic forms in his writing. Examples of his artistic, old-style handwriting are displayed as huge, goM- on-red posters in public places. At the same time, one of the tcr> enr% whiteplaster statues of Chairman Mao, planted in their thousands through China, has been qui- etly removed from among the colored pillars in the lobby of the old Peking Hotel, tearing the intricate decor unblem- ished by superimposed social- ist realism. One aspect of the move to give China's artistic past its contemporary due may be re- lated to the country's antipa- thy to its erstwhile friends, the Russians, whose tech- nicians are blamed at least in part for ugly 1950-era build- ings in Peking. Revolution sign There are still examples of the split-minded attitudes to past glories. In the long, cov- ered walkway beside a lake in the grounds of the imperial Summer Palace, there are still signs of assaults with on delicate designs. Tre assaults date from the cul- tural revolution of the late 1960s when attention to things past was regarded as heresy and places like the Summer Palace were closed to the public. Lately, however, artists have been restoring the glories of places such as the Summer Palace, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven in Peking, the Ming tombs to the north, even Bud- dhist temples in Hangchow and religious pagodas around the countryside. All such places have been opened to the public only within the last couple of years. Such spots as the Temple of the Azure Cloud and Fragrant Hill Park west of Peking were opened to for- eigners only this year. Every Sunday, Chinese in their tens of thousands flock to such beauty spots to rub- berneck, boat, swim, picnic and suck on white sherbet-on- a-stick. But there are often some- what nervous interventions in the old places by the new China, as if authorities feared the visitor might forget that the imperial builders were corrupt. Useless In a museum at the Ming tombs, script and pictures hammer home the theme that these monuments, after all, were the work of the people and that they were coerced into building the socially use- less, if beautiful structures to bury emperors. In Fragrant Hill Park, a tranquil area of old pathways through woods, around pools and fountains, with glorious vistas, a loudspeaker almost continuously shrills through the natural silence with revo- lutionary music and spoken homilies. Nevertheless, there are some signs that nationalist pride is winning ground against lingering fears of by- g o n e corruption. Music, drama and dance usually ex- pound revolutionary themes, but old-style falsetto stage voices, lavish costumes and decor are used to put across the ideas. Kuo Mo-Jo, a learned Chi- nese scholar and poet of 83, member of the governing Central Committee, tried to explain the sense of paradox in the arts and the effort to compromise. "We are both an old and young he told vis- iting Canadians. "Arch- eological studies show our written records and the arts go back than once believed. "But we are also just over .20 years old, because the new China began only in 1949." Link ivith the past Chinese take part in a favorite historic buildings and beauty spots in their neighborhood. These tourists p ose for pictures in the grounds cf the imper- ial summer palace in northwest Peking. Located around a huge artificial lake are a series of palaces dating from the 18th century. Tens of thousands visit to boat, swim, walk along the paths and picnic each Sunday. South America and Caribbean seeking potato imports CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) Provided Prince Edward Island producers ensure quality and are prepared to deliver potatoes in z manner satisfactory to buy- ers, markets are available in South" America and Caribbean countries, says Industry Minis- ter Dr. John Maloney. Dr. Maloney was a member of an island potato mission that visited countries in the Carib- bean and South America earlier this year with a view to estab- lishing new markets for P.E.I. seed potatoes. As a result of the mission, he k "very optimistic' about the potential of the seed potato in- dustry. Members of the mission, which included Premier Alex Campbell, who is also agricul- ture minister, were made famil- iar with the special require- ments of each market. As a result, "I believe we can regain some markets we've been losing and tap new mar- kets if we take advantage of the discussions." The mission met growers in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela Trinidad and Jamaica and made arrangements for visits by government and grower dele- gations to P.E.I. later this year to view growing conditions of seed potatoes. "This should result in in- creased sales for island produc- he said. Among the exporters on the trip was David Loggie of Can- ada Packers Ltd. here. Mr. Log- gie says the mission opened doors in governments and agri- cultural departments in every country visited. "There will be sates made on the strength of the mission to the advantage of both the Prince Edward Island produc- ers and the exporters." COLUMNIST'S NOTEBOOK By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: Be glad you don't grow at the rate an opossum does. As an adult it reaches times its birth weight. If this were true of you and you had been an eight-pound baby you would now weigh 112 tons, too much for even a mother to love. The beard of a man who tets it grow numbers about whiskers. They grow at a density of about 390 per square inch on his cheeks, 580 per square inch on his chin. Know your calendar: In the ancient Roman calendar, as- cribed to Romulus, the year had only 10 months. The last was called December because it came from a word meaning 10. But when two more months were added, it was still placed last despite the fact its name was no longer appropriate in that position. The Saxons called the last month "winter-monath" or because it contained Christmas. FOR LONGER LIFE It isnt disease alone thai keeps us from becoming cen- tenarians. One of the quickest ways to extend the average life of the American male would be to eliminate the le- thal toll of accidents, homi- ddesr, and suicides. Quotable notables: "There are plenty of new sights under the sun for those who have eyes to see. Nothing is done finally and right. Nothing is done positively and com- pletely. In science, probably 99 per cent of the knowable has yet to be Lincoln Steffens. Worth Remembering: "One of the reasons so many politi- cians are keeping their mouths shut today is that they ars afraid if they open them a foot will fan out." Folklore: Hairs from a black cat have curative pow- ers, Cats born in the month of May make poor mousers. If a cat sits with its back to the fire, expect a storm soon. Put butter on a cat's paws to keep it from straying from a new house you move into. It was Austin O'Malley who observed, "God shows His contempt for wealth by the kind of person He selects to receive it." NEW YORK (AP) Do you have too many friends? Most of us feel we could use a few more. But now and then we meet someone who, per- haps because of a gathering feeling of misanthropy or be- cause he has too many credit cards, decides his garden of friendship has become over- crowded and is threatening to choke him with palship. His solution is simple. All he has to do is weed out that garden. Howg Well, one way is to put a burr in the glad hand of his fellowship. Here are a few time-tested remarks that have broken up many lifelong friendships? "I don't see why you should be having any trouble with your teen-age children. Our two are perfectly well-be- haved. 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