Asia

Uzbekistan Strives to Distill Local Culture

The Silk Road, a “cultural artery,” is the main networking stream for foreign influences

August 10th, 2016
Cristina Stoica, CD News
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The Silk Road was the world’s most most commerical route and cultural artery between the East and the West. The road oversaw the exchange of religions, art, language and technologies between Europe and Asia.

Yale Professor Valerie Hansen framed the Silk Road as “more of a network of pathways than a road”. While many individuals think that its purpose was for trade, it’s lasting impact and overwhelming influence was cultural transmission.

As Professor Hansen states, the Silk Road was “cultural artery”. However, in addition to trade, war and conquest have also resulted in the infusion of the region with cultural dynamism. As a result, the local people of the region assimilated and infused foreign dynamics into the local culture.

Modern attempts have been made by regional governments to separate traditional cultural elements from foreign imports by separating the foreign from the native. This action promotes the native culture and native traditions by negating the influence of foreign culture in the region. The states in the region strive to define themselves vis-ŕ-vis their neighbors. Delineating what classifies as “Uzbek culture” and what does not has been part of that effort.

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