University of Sciences, Pécs, Hungary
PAGE 09 Laszlo Bardi devotes himself to the research of Chinese ancient philosophy, making great contributions in China-Hungary relationship. His works mainly include Old Silk Road, etc.
Q: How did you begin to learn Chinese and study ancient Chinese philosophy?
A: During my university studies in Budapest – although I learned history – we heard not so much about the endless history and wonderful civilization of China. This was not fair and just, but quite typical in the early fifties of the Western World. But it was not enough for me. We had some Chinese scholarship-holders who later became famous diplomats and I got from them the first but long-lasting impressions and knowledge. Later I have gotten language books and cassettes from the Embassy of P. R. China, first of all from Mr. An li, the first secretary. I will never forget his durable help up to the present. It was the beginning and from that time I became an eternal beginner in this difficult language but a bit better in civilization and philosophy. I instructed those subjects in University of Pécs, being the founding director of Asia Centre. One of my greatest proud is that every year almost 40-60 students made a closing-essay of the academic year and 1-2 candidates for a degree about China.
Q: You are committed to enhancing the relationship between the Hungarian and Chinese, what is your motivation?
A: I do hope that the general attitude toward China and Chinese culture is step by step better as before. When I arranged a small exhibition – perhaps the first one in Hungary – it was a real success. And some years later, a bigger one was a much bigger success, even some buses arrived from the neighboring countries, only to visit this Chinese exhibition. I am firmly convinced that it is not enough: we have to work more and more to enlarge and enhance the knowledge. To hold speeches, to write books, to shoot films, and so on. There are a lot of fields of working in the future. In Hungary, you can see everywhere in towns and villages a great deal of Chinese shops. This is another field of the relationship, namely the economic connections. The human relationship has a lot of type of connections and all of them have a special significance. Not only one, but all of them, so we have a lot of duties to enlarge and make closer the general correspondence between our two countries: the cultural, economic, and political too. We are far away in globe but so close in heart and soul.
Q: What’s your deepest feeling during the decades of research?
A: There are a lot of theories about the origin of Hungarians. They are the relatives of Finno-Ugrians, the Summers, etc, and I tried to investigate the reality of these hypotheses travelling more than fifty countries. Some of these theories had only one evidence, but I learned: one evidence is no evidence. I found in China, mostly in the northern and western regions more evidences exists: written sources, archaeological evidences, the help of ethnography and ethnology, musicology, history of religions and subsequently the anthropology and genetics. Consequently I have gotten a clear impression of the origin of our people: Asia, more clearly Inner Asia. In Europe it is used to say: you Hungarians are an Asian people, so go back to Asia! Therefore Hungarians were always foreign phenomena in the Western world from the beginning up to now. It was for me a strong impression that – probably – where our ancient homeland was: really in Asia, where is nowadays the modern China.
Q: How do you understand Belt and Road Initiative?
A: I am firmly convinced that China is the power of the future. But the future of the human mankind is not the question of who will win, East or West, but to find the way of cooperation. In other fields there is a real possibility the “Win-Win” – and not the “Lose-Lose” – but I do believe the bright future of the Globe when every country shall live in peace and fluently to teach another, to learn always from another. The economic cooperation is really very important. But the cultural cooperation should be the stable base, because first of all the countries must have better and more real information about each other. The consciousness and confidence are always the good beginning and when you have a good start, you can continue the way up to the finish. Don’t forget: the history never goes to retirement, at least the historians.
Q: Please share with us your joy of winning the award.
A: My joy is overfilled my simple human personality. I believe it is not the finish of my life but stimulation, an encouragement respectively for my whole life. Thank you China, my second homeland.
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