Friday, February 23, 2007

The War on Chinese New Year

If we didn't know better, we'd think there must be Jerry Falwell, Bill O'Reilly, and John Gibson clones in China.

Josie Liu, blogging at China in Transition, reports Chinese media organs lately have been busy "defending the Spring Festival movement."

It appears to be a lot like the imaginary War on Christmas, only without the profits.
[T]he Chinese public has noted for a long time that the Chinese New Year is losing its traditional flavor, while young people seem to enjoy more in celebrating Christmas or Valentine’s Day. But the discussion has rarely been put in the spot light of state media like Xinhua, and the Internet has facilitated a public debate on the issue to a larger scale.
Speaking of China, we've been busy ourselves promoting things Chinese. Not, we hope, in a wingnut way. Have a look.

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