There’s more to China than Kung Fu Panda
- Created: Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:19
I will be the first to admit that, until recently, I knew almost nothing about China. I suffered from a kind of ‘China blindness’ typical of many Brits that reduces a massive highly advanced nation to a series of clichés involving chopsticks and Mao’s little red book.
My sketchy knowledge was based – I am sorry to say – on repeat viewings of Kung Fu Panda and, in more high brow moments, on Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if Chinese people were constantly engaged in one long martial arts battle while bouncing about on invisible strings. I’m ashamed to say, I was the British equivalent of the Chinese tourist who thinks the whole of England is like an episode of Pride and Prejudice.