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  •  Thanks for the Taiping Rebellion history ... (2+ / 0-)
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    arizonablue, Ojibwa

    ... a topic in which I've been interested since adopting my older daughter 10 years ago from Hunan Province in China. She was originally from the town of Xiangyin, on the banks of Dongting Lake (China's second-largest lake). Welcoming visitors to Xiangyin is a large billboard featuring a picture of General Zuo Zongtang. General Zuo was primarily responsible for defeating Hong Xiuquan and restoring Qing Dynasty rule. General Zuo is regarded as a nationalistic hero in his homeland, but most Americans know about him from a popular dish served in Chinese restaurants, usually listed as "General Tso's Chicken." The good general doesn't really have any connection with the recipe, it's just a honorific thing. In Xiangyin today, several large blocks in the town remain home to General Zuo's descendants.

    Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

    by JKTownsend on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 09:32:09 PM PST

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