Centre Trail Podcast 16: Passing Away of Public Figures

Following the passing of Senator John McCain, we discuss the history of social conventions honoring the passing of public figures, particularly in political office. In the United States, the importance of lowering flags can become the center of huge discussions and arguments regarding respect; furthermore, John McCain’s passing and the trajectory of his political career may have some Americans facing up to their frustrations with the current political system. In China the dynamic has historically been different: the funerals of major political figures have traditionally proven to be potential triggers for popular expression of frustrations with the Chinese Communist Party.

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