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USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!
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USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

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USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

 

  

Talking Points

February 15, 2018

Happy Year of the Dog!

 

祝你新春快乐!祝你狗年好!

 

We wish you the best possible Year of the Dog! As is our custom, we've collected the lunar new year stamps issued by countries and regions. This year's collection includes 48 issuers and 146 stamps. And because a dog, Laika, was part of the 20th century race to the moon, we've also brought you stamps issued to commemorate her 1957 journey on Sputnik 2. You'll need to go to the web version of Talking Points to see all of them. This newsletter only includes a few.

United States

China

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

Taiwan, Republic of China

Vietnam

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

Canada

Mongolia, 1957:Laika, Sputnik 2

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

 

With the rise of electronic communication, however, fewer stamps, including lunar new year stamps are bring printed. In the last year of the dog, 2006, the Canadian authorities printed eight

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

Top:E. Han sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Middle:Castiligone, Taipei National Palace Museum; Bottom:He, China Art Museum

million stamps lunar new year stamps. This year, they printed just 62,000.  

Dogs have been a part of Chinese life for thousands of years. You can see this in funerary sculptures from the Han dynasty. Some of the best known pre-modern paintings of dogs, however, were those of the Jesuit missionary Giuseppe Castiligone(1688-1766), who adopted the name Lang Shining 郎世宁. A much more recent work featuring a dog is the 1981 painting "Spring has awakened" by He Duoling 何多苓(b.1948). He was then an art student in Sichuan and had been inspired by the 1948 painting "Christina's World" by the American artist Andrew Wyeth.

To conserve food and to guard against disease, dogs were banned in Mao's Beijing. The ban was lifted in 1994 and registration fees have dropped(though a third to half of all dogs remain unregistered in the capital). With over 27 million dogs, China is now said to trail only the U.S.(55 million)and Brazil(36 million)in dog ownership. Of course, that is not many dogs for a population of 1.4 billion. Still, the pet industry has grown to $2.8 billion, a far cry from the $45 billion Americans spend on pets, but unlike the mature U.S. market, China's has been growing by 20% a year. Mars, Nestle, and Proctor and Gamble dominate China's pet food market. As is the case elsewhere, some owners pamper their dogs, contracting with DogWhere.com for pet holidays or buying high priced accessories from companies such as the U.S.'s Chrome Bones. Magazines and websites about dogs abound.

Pets get sick and injured, of course, and veterinary care is pricey. Since 2014, China's biggest insurers have been offering pet health insurance plans. A dog's owner might pay 450 to 3,500 yuan for 5,000-50,000 yuan in coverage.   

But not all of China's dogs are so well-treated. In 2014, USC student Eddie Mattola and Communication University of China student Lu Ye combined to make the short documentary

To the Quarry and Back. It tells the story of the commitment of Shen Jianhua and her daughter who by then had been working rescue stray dogs for ten years. You can watch it at our website or on our YouTube channel.

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

Top:Dog Fans, a popular magazine; Bottom:Shen Jianhua with a stray, from To the Quarry and Back


Unvaccinated animals remain a big problem in China. In 2007, the country had over 3,000 cases where humans contracted rabies and it was the third leading cause of death by infectious disease. Rabies isn't included in the national immunization program, but since 2007, it immunization has been covered in the several southern provinces where the problem was most acute. In 2014, slightly fewer than 1,000 people were infected.

The overwhelming majority of Chinese haven't and don't plan to eat dog meat. But some do and the Yulin dog meat festival in Guangxi has attracted international attention. Some Chinese animal welfare activists have protested the festival and dog meat sales elsewhere.

China's government has not banned the killing of dogs for meat, but

one town in Zhejiang province has bet its future on dog lovers.

China's government has called for the creation of specialized towns. 

Pingyang County平阳县 is all in. Last May it announced the creation of "Pet Town"(宠物小镇).

Factories there are turning out pet food and chew toys. Over $160 million has already been spent on infrastructure, a visitors center, a research facility, a pet hospital and more. The county is planning to invest a total of $840 million to create a center for pet industry innovation, production, and tourism. It has hosted a national dog show and anticipates that people caring for more and more pets generally and dogs especially will allow the town to grow and prosper.

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

Pingyang "Pet Town" visitor center

 

We wish Pingyang, pet owners and their dogs everywhere the best.

We hope your Year of the Dog is an excellent one. Please take a moment to look through these stamps and let us know which one you think is the best. Please send us your choice via email, Facebook, or Twitter.


Final notes:

The USC Pacific Asia Museum is hosting a lunar new year celebration on Saturday. It's free and includes performances and workshops.

Cassie Gao's presentation on Chinese investment in California is now available at our website. Our next event features Lisa Hanson on March 8 talking about key trends in the Chinese video game market. And we hope you've already reserved your space at our big "Finding Solutions" conference on April 6.

 

Thank you for reading,

The USC U.S.-China Institute

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USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!To see earlier collections, please go to:

2017:Year of the Rooster

2016:Year of the Monkey

2015:Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep

2014:Year of the Horse

2013:Year of the Snake

2012:Year of the Dragon

2011:Year of the Rabbit

2010:Year of the Tiger

2009:Year of the Ox

 

 

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!

Calendar
USC | California | North America | Exhibitions

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!USC

Feb. 17, 2018:Lunar New Year Festival

USC Pacific Asia Museum

March 8, 2018:Lisa Hanson on The Biggest Market by Far:Video Gaming in China

USC U.S.-China Institute

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!California

Feb. 16, 2018:Bowers After Hours:Imperial New Year Celebration with Cixi
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

Feb. 17, 2018:Film Screening:Chinese Couplets
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

Feb. 18, 2018:The Four Treasures of Brush Painting
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Feb. 21, 2018:Reconfiguration of Ceramic Production and Trade in China at the Threshold of Global Trade
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Feb. 22, 2018:Silicon Valley's China Paradox
UCSD, San Diego, California

Feb. 23, 2018:Media Politics in China
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Feb. 25, 2018:Chou Kung-shin on the National Palace Museum and Asia Today
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

Feb. 26, 2018:Europe-China Relations
UCSD, San Diego, California

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!North America

Feb. 20, 2018:Growing Pains in the Chinese Social Security System

Columbia University, New York, New York

Feb. 20, 2018:China's Emerging Foreign Policy, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America 

NCUSCR, New York, New York

Feb. 20, 2018:Moonwalking in Beijing, Michael Jackson, Piliwu, and the Origins of Chinese Hip-Hop
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Feb. 20, 2018:Making Money, How Taiwanese Industrialists Embraced the Global Economy
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Feb. 21, 2018:A Tale of Two Cities, Conversation with artist Wang Qingsong
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 

 

Feb. 27, 2018:Unknown Tibet, The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting

Asia Society, New York, New York

Feb. 28, 2018:Exporting Censorship in the Digital Age, Lessons in Chinese Sharp Power
George Washington University, Washington, DC 

 

USC U.S.-China Institute Talking Points:Happy Year of the Dog!Exhibitions

USC

 

Until June 1, 2018:Winds from Fusang:Mexico and China in the 20th Century

USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California

 

California

Feb. 25 - March 11, 2018:Circles and Circuits, Chinese Caribbean Art  

Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, California

 

Until March 11, 2018:Empress Dowager Cixi:Selections from the Summer Palace

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

 

Until September 8, 2018:Traces of the Past and Future:Fu Shen's Paintings and Calligraphy

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

 

North America

 

Ends Feb. 18, 2018:Infinite Light, A Photographic Meditation on Tibet

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Ends March 14, 2018:Beautiful Island, Taiwan's Journey to Democracy
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 

 

Until April 1, 2018:Dreams of the Kings:A Jade Suit for Eternity
Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

 

Until May 13, 2018:Reflection and Enlightenment:Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
 

Until July 22, 2018:Spirited Creatures:Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

 

Until August 12, 2018:Terracotta Army:Legacy of the First Emperor of China
Cincinnati Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

 

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