Digital space proves mom's relief

Digital spaces are wielding their charms on young people to bring them outdoors and let them learn about traditional culture using new technological means.

Digital spaces are wielding their charms on young people to bring them outdoors and let them learn about traditional culture using new technological means.

Zou Yunyun used to stay home all day, was absorbed in online games and avoided contact with people, but then he discovered the attractiveness of traditional culture on VR technology.

“My son would not budge when he was playing online games on the cellphone and according to his teacher, he did not seem to have many friends at school,” Zou’s mother said.

Zou started going out of the house when traditional culture programs became available at the Fangtai branch of Anting Culture and Sport Service. When the boy put on the VR glasses, he was totally preoccupied.

“When you put the glasses on, you will be placed in completely new surroundings, yet it felt so real,” Zou said. “And I get to meet with so many good friends here.” It was a relief for his mother. “I’m OK with this kind of game. He gets to move around in them,” she said.

The branch has more than the VR equipment that appeals to young people. The digital space also has a calligraphy machine that provides a different experience. Write with a brush pen and you can see the strokes on the screen. When a piece of work is done, it can also be forwarded to the WeChat’s Moments to share with other people.

Center director Ge Qing said they designed the center based on Internet Plus as traditional forms and games turned out to be less tempting for young people.

A similar idea was realized at Home Study, a new library in Jiading. Here calligraphy practice, painting and classics reading can be done on devices.

“It is a new attempt to bring together Chinese traditions and hi-tech equipment and we would like to intrigue more young people into classics learning this way,” said Zhu Xiaomin, curator of Nanxiang Library.

A wireless network at Home Study allows people to download e-books to read. Over the past month, more than 300 people have applied for membership cards.

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