The Tiger Days of China's August | Speaking of China

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  1. Liz Tagami
    Liz Tagami August 9, 2010 at 4:34 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the cultural insight, Jocelyn! I’ll never think of the Dog Days of Summer the same.

  2. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen October 9, 2014 at 8:38 am | | Reply

    I’d never heard of the Tiger Days of August before, but it makes more sense to me than the Dog Days of Summer. I guess I’d never pictured the dog with his tongue hanging out. Your description of being attacked by a fierce tiger tells the tale. When the saying began, China must have had thousands of tigers. In researching a post I called “Tiger Love” for last October, I learned that China had more than 4000 wild tigers during the early 1950s. Now even though the Amoy tiger is thought to be extinct in the wild, the saying remains.

    (Here’s the link to “Tiger Love.” )

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