Day 24: Chinese Artifacts
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**ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 24, 2013**
Today's spotlight, as part of our event's current theme on the Kung Fu Panda franchise's portrayal of Chinese culture, is on the ancient and uniquely designed Chinese artifacts!
The "artifacts" I'm referring to include any kind of unique object or collection of objects used in the franchise: armor, weapons, objects in display in the Hall of Warriors, scrolls, paintings, ceramics, etc. The franchise has shown quite a number of artifacts so far, particularly weapons and armor. China (as both history and the franchise illustrate) was definitely not a safe place in ancient times, especially when there were wealthy emperors with a large amount of valuables and had their homes made of valuable ores. During the Kung Fu Panda artistic team's trip to China, they got to visit the country's first bank in Ping Yao and had a look at some of the weapons on display. They used this as inspiration for the wolves' arsenal in Kung Fu Panda 2, enhancing it by also adding a flame motif.
For today's discussion activity, again, share anything you'd like on the subject. Here are some discussion questions to get you started:
-- Why are artifacts important to a culture? Why are they important to the Chinese culture specifically?
-- Are there any objects in particular from the franchise that you like or is your favorite (so far)?
-- What kind of objects do you want to see (or see more of) in the future?