bamboo curtain
   the censorship and other restrictions in China to limit knowledge of and contacts with foreigners
   The Russian Iron Curtain in eastern form:
    I had always understood that Western films were kept well away from the People's Republic to make sure no one ever got a hint of the life enjoyed on the affluent side of the bamboo curtain. (Dalrymple, 1989, after watching Dr No with Tibetan, Chinese, and Ulgar subtitles in Kashgar)

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  • Bamboo curtain — can mean: * Literally, a type of beaded curtain made from bamboo * Figuratively, the Bamboo Curtain, the Asian equivalent of the Iron Curtain …   Wikipedia

  • bamboo curtain — n. [often B C ] the barrier of political and ideological differences that separated China from the West, esp. between 1949 and 1972 …   English World dictionary

  • Bamboo Curtain — The Bamboo Curtain was the east Asian version of the Iron Curtain. It marked the border around the communist states of East Asia, especially the People s Republic of China during the Cold War, but excluding the eastern Soviet Union. The term was… …   Wikipedia

  • bamboo curtain — Synonyms and related words: Berlin wall, Pillars of Hercules, arch dam, backstop, bank, bar, barrage, barrier, barrier of secrecy, bear trap dam, beaver dam, blackout, boom, border, border ground, borderland, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bamboo curtain — a political and ideological barrier that impeded relations between Communist Asia, esp. China, and the West from 1949 to 1972. Cf. iron curtain. * * * …   Universalium

  • bamboo curtain — /ˌbæmbu ˈkɜtn/ (say .bambooh kertn) noun (also upper case) a military, political and ideological barrier seen as existing between territories under the control of Communist China and non communist countries. {by analogy with Iron Curtain} …   Australian English dictionary

  • bamboo curtain — noun Usage: often capitalized B&C Date: 1949 a political, military, and ideological barrier isolating an area of eastern Asia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Bamboo Curtain — old name for the barrier between anti communist and communist countries of Southeast Asia …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • bamboo curtain — n. political border and ideological barrier that separated between the West and communist China after the Chinese Revolution …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bamboo curtain — bam′boo cur′tain n. gov a political and ideological barrier impeding relations between Communist China and the West • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

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