Reflection Paper on “Lost City of Shang”
Apart from the fact that I am very fond of the cheap merchandise China has been offering people around the world, I never had the interest to go into deeper understanding about their history. I am a Chinese myself, but growing up in the Philippines and specifically in Manila, did not give me a chance to experience the culture and traditions my blood brothers had, I was too immersed with the city life and was preoccupied by new age technologies to even bother with what was supposedly my ethnicity.
In my personal opinion, i think one of the goals of numerous archaeologists to discover the verified first dynasty of China is to understand how the China of today is believed to be the sleeping dragon that when awakens, will either make or break the world. That is, finding out what the foundation of such a powerful country was? Seeing the archaeological documentary about the search for China’s Shang dynasty caught me off guard. China as it turns out to be is more than a country populated with chinky-eyed people. Contrary from the impression I had, It was more than a country filled with people with business oriented minds ever since the dawn of time; China, apparently had deep and dark secrets that could only be unravelled by digging up and studying its history thoroughly.
Back in my high school, we studied about the history of different Asian countries and only surfaces of information about them were addressed, consequently an in depth study of China was never conducted. Along with this, we also had a Chinese language subject that thought us all about Chinese principles that inspired people to do better in life and poetry that showed the nation’s positive and balance oriented nature, but never the brutal killings as homage to the gods they believed in. History when studied well is indeed still full of gaps and could be misleading, what more if history is not studied properly? Literature might be a reflection of...