June 26, 2005
A Tale of Two States
"At first I didn't want to believe it. But I checked everything I could find on the internet and now I think it's true. It is a shame that we have to learn about what is going on in our own country from foreigners."
This quote comes from a student in China and ends an interesting article in the Guardian Unlimited about the selective nature of history. Jonathan Watts, in a special report from Beijing, returns to the much publicized rift between China and Japan over how each has chosen to remember, or more accurately, enact history.
I was about to name this entry, A Tale of Two Cities (Part II), following the sequence of the entry A Tale of Two Cities written only a few days ago. So, whether tales of cities or more often states, it seems that many of my entries are simply about two media systems on a common subject. For example, Same Sides of a Coin (Taiwan-Vietnam relations), Hard To Say I'm Sorry (謝りなさい) (Japan-Vietnam-China relations).
Ah, I long for the day when I can compare two media systems on the common subject of my artwork...
Posted by rst at June 26, 2005 07:18 PM
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