Moving into the new millennium, humanity looks toward a global future, one which must necessarily
prove to be brighter. Upon regarding the collective history of humankind in its disparate continents
and countries, with its variations in culture, language and habits, it becomes clear that if humanity is
going to endure and progress, it must do so as a unified, yet multicultural whole.
In order for the human race to come to know itself more completely, its constituents must interact. It is
with this view in mind that the Sino-Brazilian Academic Exchange Center (SBAEC) endeavors to work
as a bridge to shorten the linguistic, geographical, and cultural gaps between the various
counterparts of humanity.
What ultimately determines humanity’s fate is that most subtle and identity-creating product: ideas.
Thus, an exchange of perspectives between cultures is considered priority. To understand ideas
generated by a culture, however, it is necessary to contextualize these concepts, taking cultural
habits, linguistic patterns and humanistic intentions into account. If an idea is transmitted out of
context, it is a naked thought. Whereas telecommunications and the Internet have made great strides
in bridging distances between facets of humankind, there is not, never has been, and never will be a
substitute for direct, personal interaction.
Much has been said and written about the differences and even similarities between East and West.
But it is worthwhile to allow ourselves to evolve into something more than either Eastern or Western.
The opportunity is at hand to move ourselves further toward a universal humanity, one that
understands itself comprehensively, without frontiers, without preconceptions, devoid of animosity. By
appreciating other cultures as varied expressions of what it is to be human, we enable ourselves to
add more dimensions to the way in which we are human.
The Sino-Brazilian Academic Exchange Center, while in name representing two countries, in principle
and in essence embodies two hemispheric aspects of humanity that long to grow closer to each other.
China and Brazil are developing nations on opposite sides of a shared planet. The great geographical
distance between them notwithstanding, they have much in common in their interests, intentions and
futures. SBAEC has and will continue to work toward increased understanding between cultures,
greater intercontinental rapport, harmony and, ultimately, a united world.
|Think Global, Act Global.