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Countries and colors

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By Hu Young-sup

A massive globe is standing on the grounds of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), drawing the attention of students and visitors. It is conspicuous not only because it is huge ― measuring four meters in diameter ― but because it stands inverted under the title of "The World Turned Upside Down." Mark Wallinger, a Turner Prize-winning artist, did so to make viewers rethink their way of viewing the world.

Immediately after the globe first appeared in March, however, it sparked conflicts between LSE students from China and Taiwan. Taiwan was painted pink while China was yellow. Of course, they were labeled "Rep. China (Taiwan)" and "China (People's Republic)," respectively, as they are called internationally. And the sculptor did not forget to put an asterisk beside Taiwan, meaning it is........

© The Korea Times