The Chengdu Municipal Committee of the National People’s Congress, in west China’s Sichuan province, on Friday confirmed the receipt of the planned law, jointly outlined by the municipal bureaus of forestry, parks and woods. If passed, it would become the world’s first panda law.(Xinhua News Agency Nov 24,2007) Funny. But the funniest part of it is the reason why Chinese government passes such a weird law.

Self-styled panda artist Zhao Bandi outraged many with his Bandi-Panda fashion show at China Fashion Week in Beijing earlier this month, sparking nationwide concerns that the so-called conceptual art creation abused the panda’s decent image of being a friendly and cute symbol.

Zhao, who always wears a cap that makes him look like a panda cub on his head, is frequently accompanied at media events by a clutch of scantily-clad panda girls – dressed in the sexy style of bunny girls, but with panda-eared wigs instead of bunny-eared ones.”I’m a king in the panda’s world. You see these panda girls are my concubines,” he said modestly in an interview with sina.com, a popular web portal in China on last Thursday.

Brilliant work! I had once seen some pieces of post-modernism work of art made by this artist when I was in China some years ago and there were no critical comments from the government then. But, anyhow when the time of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is approaching day by day, the government has become insanely sensational about panda stuffs. And this kind of hysterical sensation goes to such an extent that any fashion concept about panda might be outlawed by the legislation.

At the Beijing fashion parade Zhao used panda imagery in each of his creations. He said he used panda images as “a medium to present different clothing styles of Chinese social classes and social issues.” However, the government got another official explaination of this. “Zhao’s commercial stunt has prompted us to accelerate the drafting of the legislation, but regulating commercial activities abusive to the pandas’ image is not the only concern,” said Zhu Shang, an official with the Chengdu Forestry Bureau, who has taken part in the drafting work. What? “Abusive to the pandas’ image”? I just want to ask Mr Shang: “Hey!Do you believe what you said?” Compared with one of the 2008 Olympic mascots named Fuwa Jingjing(who is also a panda, male), those panda girls are surely more lovely and racy.You don’t have to be a very clever guy to figure this out.

“The panda is not simply seen as an endangered wild animal here in Chengdu, but an asset representing the city’s image,” said Qu Ying, deputy director of the municipal legislature. Qu disclosed that the legislature was in favor of the law. Alright. Here it is. I guess the true reason for setting up the law may probably be that Chinese government always regards panda as a sort of political symbol rather than a metaphor which stands for, for instance, beauty or charm. So, even though the “pandaman” artist clarified: “To me, human being are always more important than pandas. I have no intention to make fun of pandas. I am a fan of pandas.”, it is still in vain.

Technologically speaking, the government itself had gone against the panda law of its own. According to the official definition, any suggestive commercial exploitation of panda images is totally forbidden in PR China, but the official organization of Beijing Olympic Games is selling panda-shaped mascot dolls all of the time and issuing stamps and brands of that panda mascot. All of these dolls, stamps and brands are commercial goods! Why don’t they explain their commercial activity? I try my utmost but fail to see anything indecent as to the panda girls. By contrast, I see a lot of inappropriate behavior our government has done to pandas. Moreover, the panda mascot they designed is totally a flunk.

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