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1-06-2009 @ 7:42AM
A better comparison of the relationship would be:People killing Pandas evokes a similar reaction as People burning an American flag.It is a national identity thing. It is not the same as a sports mascot, in the same way the American flag is not equivalent to a sports mascot.A small, very vocal minority (who in this case have the full weight of the government behind them) became upset.Which is why the original Panda imagery being dressed in Japanese costume created such an outcry. China and Japan do not like each other much.
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