Q:How did you start to get interested in Chinese culture and even made this your career?
A:I was born and raised in Beijing until I was four, and then lived for several years in Singapore. Later, I graduated Chinese Studies in Saint Petersburg,Russia, before returning to Bulgaria and ultimately becoming a professor in Chinese studies. You could say that I have been involved with China all my life.
Q:How did you objectively show the readers the real Chinese culture in your work?
A:I always choose the works carefully, try to translate as best as I can, comment the original script as competently as I can, while at the same time trying to avoid bias in any direction.
Q:With the cultural collaboration between China and other countries is getting closer, what challenges and difficulties will they confront together?
A:China needs to bring its enormous outstanding millennia old cultural tradition and no less excellent contemporary works to the world. It actually owes this to the rest of humanity. In doing this, China, which is already in many respects the biggest economy in the world, needs to develop a working mechanism for cultural cooperation with various regions of our diverse world, conscientiously studying and taking into account the different circumstances,and devising diverse mechanisms for overcoming individual problems in any particular country or region.A one-size-fits-all approach could hardly bring success.
Q:What challenges and opportunities do you think will be brought to China and Bulgaria by the Belt and Road Initiative?
A:The important message from thelast-7-th Summit 16+1, held in July this year in Sofia is that Balkan Silk Road will be of crucial help in the over due filling of the economic development gap between Eastern and Western Europe.It is common knowledge that there can be no economic development without infrastructure. But the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative is also a great new opportunity to actively promote cultural exchanges between China and Bulgaria through cultural cooperation between China and the Balkan countries.Bulgaria and South-Eastern Europe are an important part of China’s expanding economic synergy with Europe along the New Balkan Silk Road. Although Chinese economy has been much more open in the past 20 years, its culture is still far less available in our region, compared to the long-established tradition of contacts with the developed nations of Western Europe. Therefore, South-Eastern Europe needs to start catching up on Chinese culture, including films,literature, sports, entertainment, and the Belt and Road Initiative might be the best way to cope with this drawback.Balkan economies are relatively small for China to work with individually. But the Balkans form an entity with common cultural and linguistic features.Through further development along the BRI they could become a new and relatively big market of 500,000 sq.km with55 million consumers of China’s cultural and industrial products.
Q:How do people in Bulgaria accept Chinese culture?
A:It is hard to publish books on Chinese language, culture, literature,showcase Chinese movies or other video content in my country. The main reason,apart from financing, is the language and cultural difference gap, which is still keeping us apart. In order to overcome the difficulties we need to develop a strategy of bridging this distance. We have to be patient, work ceaselessly and professionally, while fully taking into account the actual situation.
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