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    A real General Tso — actually General Cao

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | November 5, 2007

    Someone pointed to me that the defense minister is named Cao Gangchuan. He is a real General Cao, which is (more or less, though you can’t tell unless you know pinyin) pronounced General Tso, as Americans pronounced.

    Except of course, that General Tso is actually General Zuo Zongtang, and Zuo is pronounced, roughly, like “juoh.” (Why are we eating his chicken? That’s a question for another day.)

    Ask me about General Ching one day.

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