sformation from high-speed economic growth to high quality development, its econo
my has reached a period of significant strategic opportunity. By 2035, China is e
xpected to achieve socialist modernization with its per capita GDP reaching 35,000 int
ernational dollars in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). While the United States reached that level in 198
8, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Japan did so in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2004, respectively.
But to realize that goal, China has to solve several significant long-term problems. First, it has to mai
ntain high total factor productivity (TFP), which at present is only 43 percent that of the US, whereas whe
n the main developed countries achieved economic modernization, their TFP was about 78 percent that of the US. To in
crease its TFP in the following years, therefore, China should expedite systemic reform in order to let the mar
ket play a leading role in factor distribution and give full play to factor efficiency.
On Jan 24, an album, titled China Music House-Kung Hei Fat Choi, was released online as the result of the project.
Six classic Chinese folk music pieces, including Bai Niao Chao Feng (Birds Paying Homage t
o the Phoenix), which features the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the suona, have been ada
pted and performed by Chinese musicians, including suona player Chen Baoli and erhu player Guo Gan.
Meanwhile, Lu Zhongqiang, the founder of 13 Month Cu
ltural Communication, says that besides Chinese musicians, more than 30 mus
icians from about 10 countries, including Poland, France and Cuba, have worked on the album.
In the past 10 days, the album has been listened to nearly 10 million times.
According to Fan Guobin, the general manager of China Record Grou
p, the project will expand into outdoor music festivals and concerts in 2019.
What did I know about Chinese culture or festivals
before moving to Beijing? Growing up in the United States, it was m
ostly stereotypical nonsense seen in reruns of old Charlie Chan movies on TV.
As an adult, I have really enjoyed watching Jackie Chan kick the living daylights out of the bad guys i
n the world, but there hasn’t been much exposure to genuine Chinese experiences, especially in my adopted hometown of Birmin
gham, Alabama. There, in the heart of the South, Chinese are few compared with the majority white and Af
rican-American population. The total Asian population was 2,152 last year, according to the US Census Bureau.
So when I heard that Birmingham was holding a Spring Festival party this year with Beijing’s Cha
oyang district, its sister city, I was beyond thrilled. Until now, I didn’t know that the “sisters” would kick off
the holiday in Alabama’s largest city with the annual Birmingham Chinese New Year Gala.
Association, celebrates Chinese cultural heritage during the most important Chinese holiday of the year, said A
my Chen Schwab, one of the association’s founders and a member of its board of director
s.More than 2,000 people attended the celebration in downtown Birmingham’s historic Boutwell Auditorium this year, Schwab s
aid. About 40 percent of those who came were from Birmingham’s Chinese community. Special guests included officials f
rom Chaoyang and the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.The event kicked off with fireworks in downtown’s Linn Park near city h
all, followed by a dragon dance and a drum performance. In a city more in tune with grits, pork rinds and college footb
all, an authentic dragon dance would be a sight to behold. In the auditorium, 10 dancers
from Chaoyang performed on stage.Participants enjoyed authentic Chinese food, such as dim
sum, and traditional arts and crafts, such as paper-cuttings and Chinese knots. Chinese children’s games were featured, and so was calligraphy.