Discussion on fireworks: Tradition vs. Safety

For over a thousand years, Chinese people have believed that fireworks can expel evil spirits and usher in a year of good luck and happiness. In recent years, the government has enacted increasing restrictions on the tradition in the name of safety and the environment. As a result, the amount of fireworks waste collected on the eve of the holiday dropped more than 30% this year. Is the tradeoff of a cleaner, safer environment worth the decline in tradition? Do the fireworks actually have an impact on the environment? And how might this tradition vs. safety conflict be reflected in other areas of Chinese development? Join us for a chat about tradition and the future in China.

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