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Panda NationThe Construction and Conservation of China's Modern Icon$
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E. Elena Songster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199393671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199393671.001.0001

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Rescuing the Panda from a Reforming China

Rescuing the Panda from a Reforming China

(p.102) 6 Rescuing the Panda from a Reforming China
Panda Nation

E. Elena Songster

Oxford University Press

The year 1976 was monumental for China with the loss of important state leaders, and a tragic earthquake. Amidst all of the government’s active response to a panda starvation scare demonstrates the importance of this animal to China. A repeat starvation scare in the mid-1980s creates an opportunity to trace the transformation of China from Mao Zedong era to the Deng Xiaoping era by juxtaposing the two panda-starvation scares. The responses to these two scares demonstrate a shift in the perception of nature from one of state ownership to one of popular ownership and illustrate the dramatic increase in international participation in the study of the panda and the efforts to preserve this national treasure.

Keywords:   Panda starvation, Bamboo flowering, Min Mountains, Wanglang reserve, Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Reform era, Market reform, Rescue, George B. Schaller, Wolong reserve

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