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Tag: Echoes from the Bamboo Forest

August 3, 2009

Mention “Dongya Bingfu” (‘Sick Man of the East’), and you’ll likely get a strong response from most Chinese (not just ‘nationalists’). The epithet stuck after China was utterly humiliated by Britain in the Opium War of 1840, which proved to be the beginning of a long string of defeats by various Western and Japanese powers, […]

July 20, 2009

Hopefully, some of you will remember the utopia-like world of the ‘Common-wealth’ (the hyphen is inserted intentionally) or Datong (大同) that I introduced in my previous article. The ideal world of the Common-wealth, as described in the Book of Rites (a Confucian classic), is said to embody the spirit of the popular motto Tianxia wei […]

May 25, 2009

Earlier this month, China commemorated the 90th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, probably the most important intellectual and cultural event since the infamous Opium War of 1840, when China was forcibly and reluctantly propelled into the modern world by naked British imperialism (all in the name of ‘free trade’). To be fair, China’s weaknesses […]

March 30, 2009

On 18 October 2008, in an article titled “Unnecessary Salutation”, the China Daily reported on a strange-but-true story that would probably never happen here in New Zealand. It transpired that the local government of Huangping County (in Guizhou province) had passed a regulation requiring “primary and secondary school students to salute whenever they see a […]

March 16, 2009

In December 2008, the BBC reported an ‘epic battle’—involving wine bottles and water jets—between pirates and Chinese seamen onboard the Zhenhua 4, off the coast of Somalia. Shortly afterwards, China announced it would contribute naval ships to the multi-national armada already patrolling the region. The Chinese media, both within China and elsewhere, were quick to […]

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