Shameful:Honor China, Not Its Communism (Empire State Building to illuminate red & yellow. OUTRAGEOUS!)
Public Relations: The Empire State Building this week will illuminate red and yellow, celebrating China’s 60 years of communist rule. There are many things to appreciate about China, but communism isn’t one of them.
What was the Empire State Building thinking in lighting up in celebration of China’s long communist rule?
Amid all the charming reasons the classical 102-story skyscraper colors the Gotham sky at night — the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” El Museo del Barrio’s reopening, Columbus Day and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, according to its Web site — China stands as a negative outlier.
Cynics call it recognition that the Chinese, who buy U.S. debt, now own us. But this looks more like a thoughtless confusion of China with its communist government, in perhaps the same impulse that prompts some to set up kitschy eateries bearing photos of Mao.
Recognizing China’s regime with bright lights does New York’s most visible landmark no honor at all.
China’s 6,000-year-old history and civilization are loaded with things to celebrate — from its invention of paper money and fireworks, to its great cuisines, its Taoist philosophy, the daring historic voyages of Sanbao (a possible model for Sinbad), millions of Overseas Chinese, and perhaps the awed arrival of Marco Polo into the Middle Kingdom, which ignited the Age of Exploration.
Much of the story of civilization is rooted in the West’s longing to connect with China — and this is not a finished story. In 1989, China saw brave young people stand up to tanks in the name of liberty at Tiananmen Square, an event surely worthy of the Empire State Building’s honor as a beacon of freedom.
So it’s discordant and jarring to see the tyranny that’s plagued China for 60 years now the object of the skyscraper’s approbation.
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