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Monday, February 4, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year 2019

Back Story
Peppa Pig’s feature-length movie “Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Yeardebuts on Tuesday for the start of the Year of the Pig. But, as illustrated in a heartwarming short film promoting the movie, most Chinese still don’t know “What is Peppa.”
China’s most famous pig is Zhu Bajie (猪八戒), frequently called Pigsy in English. In the classic novel “Journey to the West,” he is one of three disciples protecting a monk on a quest to retrieve Buddhist scripture. He is bighearted, but his appetites get him into trouble.
The character Zhu Bajie at a festival in Nanjing last month.
The character Zhu Bajie at a festival in Nanjing last month.
Li Xiaofei/VCG, via Getty Images
The 1958 animated short “Pigsy Eats Watermelon,” a landmark hit in a rapidly growing Chinese animation industry, tells the story of one episode from the novel in which he finds a watermelon and divides it into four pieces intending to bring it to share with his comrades. Much to his embarrassment, however, he can’t stop himself from eating it all.
Albert Sun, an assistant editor who helped redesign the Morning Briefing, wrote today’s Back Story.

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