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In step with China's Terracotta Warriors at Te Papa

In step with China's Terracotta Warriors at Te Papa

The Terracotta Warriors are back and the 2300-year-old Chinese treasures have impeccable timing, writes Eleanor Barker. Thirty years ago, when David Lange introduced the Terracotta Warriors to New Zealand, he noted that although China was emerging as our biggest partner in trade, we still didn't understand its culture or people terribly well. Te Papa curator Dr Rebecca Rice isn't proud of the enduring nature of the Lange quote: "I think it's sad that you could say the same thing 30 years on, but it is even more true today. China is one of our biggest visiting populations and also one of our biggest growth and economic opportunities. I think we owe it to them to try to understand and engage with their culture a lot more. I think this...

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