Do you like (to learn about) history?
I love history as it shows us where we come from. People say history always repeats itself and it does. I think it’s important to look back so we can learn from past mistakes and make sure we don't make the same ones as our ancestors did. My favourite time in history would have to be the medieval times.
Do you think history is important?
History is the record of events that have happened in the past. In a sense all developments in politics, government, society, inventions and discoveries are part of human history. History helps you understand yourself better and understand others around you better.
Do you think you can learn history from films or TV programs?
No. Unless the film is presented as a documentary, no strict adherence to the historical record is mandated. You go to movies not to learn about history but to be entertained, frightened, thrilled. That’s all great. But there’s no reason that an episode of history has to be done with a certain degree of accuracy, because that’s not the objective of a movie. My view is, if you get your history from movies or TV programs, you get what you deserve.
Do you think the internet is a good way to learn about history?
There are many excellent resources for the study of history available on the Internet. Keep in mind, however, that not everything published on the Internet is reliable information. We should all be careful and use our common sense when surfing the Internet. Always check the information you learn from online against reliable sources elsewhere.
Does your country have a long history?
With more than 4,000 years of recorded history, China is one of the few existing countries that also flourished economically and culturally in the earliest stages of world civilisation.