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'China First Kiss'stirs controversy (2)

(People's Daily Online)

08:03, October 17, 2012

As for the reason behind the controversy, Li said that it reflects people's lack of understanding of traditional Chinese culture. If the public had basic understanding of the history and culture regarding the statue, or the city told the public about the history of the sculpture from the beginning, there would be no controversy at all.

"We are in part to blame for the controversy about the sculpture", said Li Bingzhong, curator of the Ya'an Museum. Ya'an is rich in Han cultural heritage, including stone carvings from the Han dynasty, but the public knows little about that.

Li said that for a long time in the future, the Ya'an Museum will put in efforts to publicize local history and culture, so more people, particularly local residents, will know more about the stories behind the city.

"China First Kiss" was created in 2005, and has become a compelling cultural landscape in Ya'an after refurbishment.

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