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Published: 17 July 2020

264 Pages | 27 hts


ISBN: 9780197533574

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Panda Nation

The Construction and Conservation of China's Modern Icon

E. Elena Songster

  • Argues that the panda was both a tool used by the People's Republic of China (PRC) as well as an explicit symbol of it.
  • Uses documents from remote county archives and scientific studies in Chinese that have not been accessed for other English-language studies.
  • Challenges notions that the panda was a significant presence in ancient Chinese culture or that it was used in diplomacy during the Tang Dynasty.
  • Incorporates study of the little-known Baima people who share a habitat with the giant pandas.
  • Integrates local, national, and diplomatic history with animal studies, history of science, and environmental history.