中国新的龙邮票有没有受到西方龙的不良好的影响?对西方精神与思想侵略需提高警觉

最近英国每天电邮报报道部分西方人士看到中国新的龙邮票,相信这个龙是中国最近几年的自信甚至做世界霸权志愿一个信号。记得几年前有的中国人不应该称呼中国龙《dragon》 因为龙总是个吉祥生物而不是西方那样的怪物。如果中国龙正在学西方dragon的作风,说不定这是中国最近几年受到西方精神污染的冲击。难怪最近胡锦涛书记提醒党员与中国人民要提高对西方文化与思想的侵袭。是否你看到这个博客之后应该感到惭愧? 文化交流与相互文化侵略的出别在那里?

The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8991999/Chinese-dragon-stamp-draws-fire-for-scaring-the-world.html

Chinese dragon stamp draws fire for ‘scaring’ the world

Chinese have reacted angrily to a special edition stamp to celebrate the Year of the Dragon that depicts the iconic creature as a fearsome creature.

Chinese dragon stamp draws fire for 'scaring' the world

Peter Simpson in Beijing

1:17PM GMT 04 Jan 2012

 Scores of collectors and social commentators have complained about the ferocious-looking 2012 dragon.

Some have sarcastically claimed it should be adopted as the motto of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which has recently been accused of bullying China’s neighbours and unnerving the wider international community.

“Will the Foreign Ministry be sending this stamp on its gifts to its old friends or to old rivals? Does the dragon stamp suggest a peaceful 2012?” asked Hong Kong TV presenter, Chen Yang.

“This shocking creature on the stamp could well be the emblem of the Foreign Ministry,” posted antiques collector, Wu Yue on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

I remember two or so years ago there was a minor campaign about in the Chinese media a few years ago telling westerners that they should distinguish between that western nasty dragon and the nice old Chinese long 龙 who shouldn’t be called a dragon at all!  And demanding that the Chinese d-kind be called long and not dragons.

 Maybe this is an example of the nefarious western spiritual pollution that caused worries in the early 1990s!

My suspicion is the nice old long concept is being infiltrated by the nasty western dragon concept — something like what Hu Jintao has been warning China about —

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/world/asia/chinas-president-pushes-back-against-western-culture.html?_r=1&hp

China’s President Pushes Back Against Western Culture

By EDWARD WONG

Published: January 3, 2012

BEIJING — President Hu Jintao of China has said that the West is trying to dominate China by spreading its culture and ideology and that China must strengthen its cultural production to defend against the assault, according to an essay in a Communist Party policy magazine published this week.

Really, this is a good case of a bad case of western cultural pollution.  The long is a nice auspicious figure.  Chinese parents hope their sons will grow up to become a long.  How many western parents want their boys to grow up to become dragons?  Except for the odd pyromaniac Dad, very few I should think!

No less a wisdom resource (right up there with the Google oracle) than Wiki makes this point.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_dragon   The Wiki western dragon article makes this same point —-  “The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon    I am tempted to go into that Wiki article and replace influenced each other with “spiritually polluted each other” but I have stayed my typing fingers for now.

An alternate source of Han cultural pollution could be Tibetan Buddhism —

“The dragon is one of the 12 animals that make up the Chinese Zodiac and is used to exorcise evil spirits and offer blessings, so we needed a tough image,” said Chen, who designed the bid emblem for Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games.

Some of the really nicest spiritual folks on Tibetan tanks (sorry, not tanks, I mean thangkas)  have mean ferocious faces.  That is so that these good beings can scare off the really bad ones.   That is what Tibetans have told me.

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