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Author Songster, E. Elena, author

Title Panda nation : the construction and conservation of China's modern icon / E. Elena Songster
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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Contents Cover; Half title; Panda Nation; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Obscurity, Oddity, and Icon: The Emergence of the Giant Panda as Animal and Image; 2. Nation Building and the Nature of Communist Conservation; 3. The Winding Road to Wanglang: Creating a Panda Reserve; 4. Pandas Are Red: The Cultural Revolutionary Rise of the Panda as Brand and Symbol; 5. Panda Diplomacy: Animal Ambassadors and the Wild Population; 6. Rescuing the Panda from a Reforming China; 7. Coloring the Panda with an Ethnic Touch: Monitoring Pandas and Ecotourism
8. Olympic Pandas, Trojan Pandas, and the Science behind Soft DiplomacyConclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Panda Nation demonstrates how the giant panda's transformation from an obscure animal into a national treasure reflects China's efforts to distinguish itself as a nation. Through government-directed science and popular nationalism, the story of the panda's iconic rise offers a striking reflection of China's dramatic ascent in global status
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 09, 2018)
Subject Pandas -- Conservation -- China
Pandas -- Political aspects -- China
Pandas -- Symbolic aspects -- China
NATURE -- Animals -- Mammals.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Zoology -- Mammals.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018001326
ISBN 0199393680 (electronic book)
0199393702 (electronic book)
9780199393688 (electronic book)
9780199393701 (electronic book)
(hardcover ; alkaline paper)