Chinese New Year History Backward

Writing History Backward

A lot of websites, articles and even some events around the world are celebrating the “Chinese Year 4170” (sometimes 4169 or 4649) these days, claiming claim that this is counting the years since the Yellow Emperor came to power.

In fact in China years have been counted according to the dynasty and the emperor in power, starting with “1” each time anew until the end of the imperial times exactly 100 years ago. The construction of a linear “Chinese” calendar when there has been in fact a cyclical is a nice example of trying to make China appear less different from us as in fact it is.
A peaceful and prosperous Water-Dragon Year to everybody!
Wolfgang Georg Arlt

Director COTRI

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posted on January 24, 2012
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