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Artist Ai Weiwei’s bronze animal heads at Princeton University comment upon China’s use of history for propaganda

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he sculptures are replicas of a series depicting the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac that were looted by Western forces from the Old Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. The originals, scattered around the world, remain a potent symbol of China's historical humiliation at the hands of foreign powers.
8 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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