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Serf Emancipation Day


Fergus Hanson


21 January 2009 09:45

As millions of Americans celebrate their democratic transition and the rest of the world gushes in seemingly endless praise for the new President, the people of Tibet have a different kind of celebration to look forward to. Xinhua reports a legislative vote approving 'Serf Emancipation Day' to mark the liberation of one million serfs some 50 years ago. The name itself suggests it is unlikely to have quite the same popular appeal as other liberation day celebrations, although it was extremely popular amongst the 382 legislators who passed the proposal unanimously.

Back in August, Andrew and I questioned claims America's soft power supremacy was being challenged by Chinese 'shock and awe' diplomacy. The global groundswell of support for President Obama would seem to only highlight the enduring appeal of America and the ideas it stands for, which is something an autocracy will never be able to match.