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China: interpretation of Beijing 2008

“Beijing-2008″ is a huge painting by Liu Yi (刘溢), exhibited in New York in March. Inside the picture, there are 5 women playing ma-joh (2008 Beijing Olympic game). One of the political interpretations by jxhill is that the 5 women are U.S (middle), Taiwan (left near the wall), japan (backward towards the audience), Russia (upside down on right) and China (standing, outside the game) (zh).

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  • Wrong interpretation. Taiwan is the outsider, the one with back facing us is China, the leftside woman, occupied by her own cards, is Japan. Russia refused to play while the US is quite confident. The girl is watching China with unease, but since the US is looking at her, and since she’s only a girl with a small knife, she has nothing much to do in this game of great powers.

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