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U.S.-born panda twins return to China, but struggle with the language and food

M
ei Lun and Mei Huan, two panda sisters born at Zoo Atlanta and returned to China under U.S.-China agreements, are having trouble understanding the dialect spoken by their new Sichuanese hosts. Their caretaker in Chengdu also mentioned that they remain “so addicted to American crackers that everything they eat — from bamboos to apples — has to be mixed with crackers.”
7 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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