Date for Your Diary: China Liberation Day, August 29, 1842

John Platt: "The signing and sealing of the Treaty of Nanking", Wikimedia Commons

John Platt: "The signing and sealing of the Treaty of Nanking", Wikimedia Commons

Now that the festive days of Peaceful-Tibet-Liberation commemorations are slowly drawing to a close, let’s get prepared for August 29. On that day in 1842, a number of ancestors of whoever is going to read this dealt feudalism in China a lasting blow.

It was a day in history when the world gasped in admiration. Let us never forget that without Europe, there would be no new China – 没有欧洲就没有新中国.

This is the irrefutable truth, and a proud day to remember for all benign and progressive forces, in China and abroad.

4 Comments to “Date for Your Diary: China Liberation Day, August 29, 1842”

  1. Ha ha. That’s a good one.

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  2. Yes. I plan to wear my traditional “European Liberator” costume (a red coat, shako, “Brown Bess” musket and a back-pack full of opium) and recount how my ancestors brought harmony (and copius quantities of drugs) to the Middle Kingdom. Happy every day.

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  3. I had been thinking of something more <i<universal, but liked that picture from HMS Cornwallis best.

    Anyway, more holiday suggestions – but only on similarly irrefutable historical foundations – are welcome.

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  4. @FOARP. Good one. Despite my avatar, will have to forgo your costume party as I would feel self-conscious being an ex-colonial.

    I recommend a Flashman moustache to complete your ensemble.

    China certainly hasn’t been liberated from the bondage and tyranny of foreign name brands:

    (Read the last post in Seeing Red in China.)

    The Poms are certainly holding their own among Chinese officials undertaking short study programs overseas aka shopping expeditions against some stiff competition from France and Italy.

    About the only Oz name brand in China I can think of is Pura Milk, but that is one killer app.

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