China’s Dinosaur Hunters

At the Guardian, Tania Branigan profiles dinosaur hunter Xu Xing and describes ground-breaking fossil discoveries at digs around China. Zhucheng’s early Cretaceous relics, Liaoning’s feathered dinosaurs and...

It’s Time to Retire the Tiger and the Dragon

An article in Foreign Policy takes on the tired cliches used in reporting on the rise of India and China: To be fair, it’s hard to capture the enormously complicated and consequential story of the simultaneous rise of...

China May Stop ‘Dragon Project’ on Environment Concern – BBC

From BBC News: China may stop building a 21-km-long (13-mile) dragon planned as a tourist attraction because of environmental concerns, state media report. It was originally due to be completed in time for the 60th anniversary of Communist rule in 2009. It is located on top of the Shizhu Mountain, which was designated a national […]

Political advisor calls for further research on Chinese totem – Xinhua

The need to affirm “dragon culture,” from Xinhua: China’s most revered culture of dragon, or loong by its Chinese pronunciation, needs to be thoroughly explored, said a political advisor here on Sunday. Dragon, an imaginary animal based on a 7,000-year-old Chinese legend, is a combination of a horse’s head, snake’s body and chook’s claws. It […]

Fiery Debate over China’s Dragon – BBC

From BBC: Chinese internet users have stirred a heated debate over the status of dragons, seen as a national symbol. The problem, some academics allege, is that Chinese people and Westerners have very different concepts of dragons. Chinese dragons are supernatural symbols without the Western traits of aggression or maiden-eating. The debated began when a […]

The Dragon’s metamorphosis – David Gosset

From Asia Times: Used to widespread Western criticism on China’s human-rights record, lack of religious freedom, and Han chauvinism, and the inaccurate view that China’s ruling party is a monolithic entity obsessed exclusively with maintaining an unfair status quo, some fail to acknowledge the extent of China’s social pluralism and political opening-up. In fact, the […]

Debate: Loong or Dragon - Josie Liu

From China in transition blog: A scholar’s proposal of abandoning long, or Chinese dragon, as the symbol image of China triggered a hot public debate about this thousands-of-years-old emblem, particularly the English translation of its name. Early this month, Prof. Wu Youfu, a top administrator of Shanghai International Studies University, said in a local newspaper […]

Is China dumping ‘aggressive’ dragon?

From The Times of India: A large number of Chinese academics are in the midst of a massive debate over the nation’s symbol Èæô” the dragon Èæô” after an influential professor suggested that it should be dumped. The professor’s comments caused a virtual storm with groups of academics taking up opposing stands on the proposition. […]



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