Interesting news from the East: China loves yoga! This week Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited India and gave a 30-minute address at the Indian Council of World Affairs where he praised Mahatma Gandhi, quoted from the Upanishads, spoke highly of Yoga and its relation to Chinese calligraphy, and waxed poetic on how much influence Buddhism has had on Chinese culture. Apparently Wen has a “sincere friendship” with old pal Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The yoga connection actually stems back to an ongoing sort of cultural exchange program between schools in China and India. Students at Chinese school, Jinyuan Senior High School, in Shanghai get yoga classes taught to them by Indian instructors via video-conferencing, while students at Tagore International School at Vasant Vihar get lessons in Mandarin. Cool. Too bad everyone in India knows English.
But, seriously, China’s all about the yog and American religious zealots are still namby pambying over demons? Did we mention this was China? China, folks.
Hey, does this mean we’ll start seeing Sutras in our fortune cookies?
(those characters above mean “yoga” in Chinese. OR, they could mean “western asshat” for all we know, we don’t speak the language)