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Chinese Young People Are Rejecting Communist Party Propaganda and the Government Is Freaking Out

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by BMD, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. BMD

    BMD Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/chinese-young-people-rejecting-communist-104314708.html

    Chinese Young People Are Rejecting Communist Party Propaganda and the Government Is Freaking Out


    Young people in China are rejecting Communist party propaganda for Western-style movie stars and celebrity culture – that’s the lesson behind the box office flop of a series big budget propaganda films according to observers.

    When the movie Founding Fathers of the Army, which tells the story of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, recently hit cinemas, officials hoped it would inspire an outpouring of patriotic feeling—instead it was mocked for trying to use popular film stars to lure younger viewers.

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    Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (Left) and actor Huang Xiaoming (Right) arrive for the red carpet of 4th Beijing International Film Festival at China's National Grand Theater on April 16, 2014 in Beijing, China. Getty Images " data-reactid="24" style="margin-bottom: 1em;">Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (Left) and actor Huang Xiaoming (Right) arrive for the red carpet of 4th Beijing International Film Festival at China's National Grand Theater on April 16, 2014 in Beijing, China. Getty Images

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    While the Communist Party once exercised an iron grip on what it’s citizens saw and read, a loosening of restrictions means that propaganda must now compete with movies and dramas produced by the country’s booming entertainment industry, and the stars it has spawned.

    Fathers of the Army is not the only expensive government-sponsored movie to lose out in the popularity stakes.

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    The South China Morning Post reported [/a]that Sky Hunter, which was hatched at the instigation of military propaganda chiefs and featured two of the country’s youthful a-list stars, also flopped at the box office on its opening weekend.

    Behind the spate of glossy but clumsy propaganda blockbusters is a drive by Chinese President Xi Jinping to spread traditional Chinese values among youths seduced by celebrity culture and consumerism.

    Authorities have capped the high pay commanded by TV stars, moved to close down celebrity gossip accounts on social networking site Weibo, and a called on web giants behind the Great Firewall of China to actively propagate core socialist values.

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    China’s media watchdog has told production companies not to employ stars engaged in activities such as gambling, prostitution and drug use and failing to live up to the standards of purity expected of youthful role models figures. Stars caught using drugs including Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung and Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, have been forced to apologize on state television.

    But according to experts the party is fighting a losing battle against a background of swiftly changing values, with young people preferring to watch dramas that focus on romance, martial arts, and historical intrigue.

    “While the government could once dictate to young people what they should value and how they should lead their lives, they find themselves completely without the tools to do that now,” Hung Huang, a well-known social commentator based in Beijing, told the AP.
     
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  2. Gessler

    Gessler BANNED BANNED

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    Wonder which Square it will be this time.
     
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    sangos Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Yawn...another one of those western one handed fantasy spank:troll:
     
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  4. Bloom 17

    Bloom 17 2nd Lieutant IDF NewBie

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    That will never happen, the social structure is intact. The government still has many more strings to control its citizens than foreigners think.
     
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    An Indian 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    And also, the Chinese (people) tend to be compliant/value harmony (shades of Confucianism) as against being individualistic.
     
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    If that suit is luring away all the younger generation in China, then anybody will freak out.
     
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    Same Square, different day.
     
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    sunstersun Lieutenant IDF NewBie

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    lol like 60% of chinese television is fighting dem jap aliens.
     
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    Chinese destroyed their religion,culture and were forced to embrace atheism and communism by MAO,who destroyed all traces of cultural history in cultural revolution and great leap forward . The result today is a society, rootless and unaware of their culture,religion or history,same like Pakistan,which borrowed arab culture thinking themselves as Arabs instead of descendants of Indian culture.
    China borrowed Western thinking of Karl Marx and erased its own culture,its now rudderless and aping western culture. The Chinese brought this on themselves.
     
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