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The terms traditional and modern are so often used in conversation and also in reference to Society that it is a good exercise to consider what these terms do mean in a comparative light Berman in All that is solid melts in air puts forward an interesting set of ideas in the comment that people who live in traditional ways or in modern ones can almost be said to occupy different states of mind For instance a full 500 years have passed since some peoples first met up with the influences of the more modern Western world 1988 pp 15-16 However in many cases the adjustment has still not been made and the conflict of what is traditional and what is modern continues to occur with different impacts upon the individual as well as the society in which he or she lives which is apt to reflect an ongoing conflict For example it could be said that what is lived in a remote western Chinese village differs very much from the experience that is given to human beings by life in New York City It would be easy to state that the former was very backward or just very different from what is imparted by New York City but obviously this contrast cannot be made too neatly The modern has arrived in mainland China little by little over centuries On the other hand what is modern or foreign has not been absorbed completely and varies greatly from place to place in China Furthermore the systems under which modern influence did begin to arrive happened to be different from those which produced modernity in the West In the traditional society of mainland China western influence came only in a trickle for some time only to coastal or other directly affected areas during the centuries of attempted European colonization of China and afterwards only according to what a Communist regime has permitted to take
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