Friday, October 1, 2010

Flashback: China's 60th Birthday

Today is National Day in China, so I am reposting my thoughts from last year, when I was in China during its huge 60th birthday bash.  I spent the day in Qingdao with a student.  I watched the Beijing military parade with her and her parents, who were deeply touched with patriotism.  There was a lot of grandstanding and metaphorical muscle flexing in the official celebrations, but I can't help but think some of it was justified:

"Best Wishes on Your 60th"

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