CHINA GOES ALL IN, SAYS GENGHIS KHAN EXHIBIT CAN’T USE THE WORDS, GENGHIS KHAN
So, have you ever heard of Genghis Khan? Well, of course you have. He created an empire, you may know it as the Mongol Horde. Khan is a huge piece of history in the East. But politics in China are making things…. Difficult. And that’s saying something. As you may know, China is not Donald Trump’s favorite these days. But just like China, Trump is creating his own historical narrative. To each of their own benefits. But unlike Trump, China is always strategic, if lamentable. China has this thing where they’re creating their own national narrative, regardless of historic accuracy. But now, it’s so entrenched, that China doesn’t want the Genghis Khan Museum to use the words, Genghis Khan.
DESPITE CHINA’S INCREDIBLY RICH HISTORY, THE WANT TO ERASE GENGHIS KHAN
So I know you’ve already read that twice, in the title and just above. But this is really happening. It’s not about media rights. And it’s not about human rights in Hong Kong or Taiwan. But it is about rewriting history, if it interferes with China’s idyllic narrative that China has always been the greatest thing ever. And, to be fair, we in the West don’t tend to know much about the reality that is a crazy rich history of China. But Genghis Khan? He happened. Like, he changed that entire region of the world, forever.
CHINA SAYS, SURE, HAVE THE EXHIBIT, BUT NO GENGHIS KHAN, MONGOL OR EMPIRE CAN BE USED
So here are the details. In Nantes, France, there’s the Château des ducs de Bretagne museum of history. They’re part of a collaboration exhibit about Genghis Khan with the Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. But then, some major tensions appeared out of nowhere. They heard from the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage, telling them to make major changes to the original exhibition plan. They couldn’t use several words. So what were they? Genghis Khan. But also, Empire and Mongol. Really. So the French museum is calling foul, saying this is pure censorship. And, to be fair, how do you have an exhibit about Genghis Khan that ignores Genghis Khan? And the Mongol Empire?