Living: The Whole World Goes Pandas

Two Chinese ambassadors receive cheers in the Bronx

He had good news for New Yorkers, Mayor Edward Koch said last week: taxes were being reduced, and the police department was being enlarged. "But the single thing people will care about," he added, "is that the pandas have come to town." How right he was. Last Thursday morning, as a gong was sounded and a comely female named Yong Yong waddled into her enclosure at the Bronx Zoo, New York City was gripped with that well-known but incurable fever: pandamania.

WELCOME TO NEW YORK, PANDAS, said a handmade sign held up by one of several dozen waiting schoolchildren. HELLO, LING...

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