【看CP學英文】能在擁有 56 個傳統民族的中國裡生活，最大的好處之一就是可以在文化和傳統的大熔爐中長大，幸運的話還能見證這些文化的傳承，甚至成為重大歷史事件的一部分。
One of the biggest perks of living in China with its 56 ethnic groups is being able to grow up in a melting pot of cultures and traditions. If you’re lucky, you might be able to witness the passing down of these cultures or even be a part of history in the making.
However, history has proven time and again that not all cultures and traditions can successfully live through the generations.
Some die out with the last member of an ethnic group, while others are simply buried away and forgotten despite the ethnic group boasting a healthy population.
The Kazakhs (哈薩克族) are a Turkic ethnic group in China well known for their nomadic pastoral lifestyle. This means that they primarily raise cattle and other livestock, and periodically migrate from place to place in search of greener pastures.
However, the nomadic lifestyle also means that the history, cultures and traditions of this ethnic group are often passed by word of mouth instead of making it into historical records, making them especially vulnerable to the passing of time.
To prevent the Kazakh ethnic group from becoming a mere memory of the past, young Kazakhs are actively engaged in the conservation and preservation of their culture.
Halibek Asiwubay （哈力别克·阿斯吾拜）was only a junior at Xidian University (西安電子科技大學) when he and two friends created their incredible nail artwork depicting the migration culture of the Kazakh tribe.
The piece was created by putting 1,200 nails into a wooden plank, after which five reels of cotton thread were used to wind around the nails to give the artwork depth and dimension. It spans 2 meters long and 1.2 meters wide.
“It took three of us a total of 90 hours to finish the whole project,” Halibek remarked, but soon put on a serious face when discussing his motivation for creating this piece of art.
“We want to preserve our memories in this way and allow others to know more about this special Kazak culture,” Halibek said.
He added, “our living standards have hugely improved. More pastoralists prefer to settle down, so our migration culture is slowly disappearing.”
It’s good to see young Kazakhs like Halibek actively promoting their culture at a time when forgetting one’s roots after settling down is the easier way out.
With so many examples of cultural genocide happening around the world, Halibek’s journey may not prove easy.
Yet, the only way to reach the top of a mountain is to conquer the mountain itself, and hopefully, Halibek can succeed in showing the world his people’s stories.