When a Nation is Defined by a Book

Together with the fairy tale I mentioned in my last blog (see http://evaxu.com/archives/translating/are-children-more-tolerant-to-translationese/), I also read again “Vater und Sohn” (“Father and Son”) by E.O.Plauen. It was another favourite of mine when I was a child, and I think it is this book that shaped the image of Germans for me. Whenever I think of Germans now, the first image that comes up to my mind is the father in this cartoon.

I wonder if it is the same for how people view the Chinese. Just hoping it’s not Mulan as in the Disney depiction, or in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. What is the book that shaped your imagination about Chinese?

And here are a few cartoons from the book:


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