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Panda Nation: The Construction and Conservation of China's Modern Icon

E. Elena Songster


Panda Nation links the emergence of the giant panda as a national symbol to the development of nature protection in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), 1949-present. The panda’s transformation into a national treasure exemplifies China’s efforts to distinguish itself as a nation through government-directed science and popular nationalism. Examining this process enhances our understanding of the intersection of policy, science, and the public. Tracing the panda’s iconic rise offers a striking reflection of China’s recent and dramatic ascent in global status. The significant role the giant pan ... More

Keywords: Giant panda, Panda, Wanglang, Nature Protection, Nationalism, Nature Reserve, Baima, Minority Nationalities, Ethnic Minorities, Environmental Policy, Precious Species, Sichuan, Panda Diplomacy, National Symbol

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199393671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199393671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Elena Songster, author
Associate Professor of History, St. Mary's College of California