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Patriotic education distorts China world view

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by Skull and Bones, Dec 26, 2012.

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  1. Skull and Bones

    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    After 21-year-old Cai Yang was arrested in September for beating a Toyota-driving Chinese compatriot with a bicycle lock during an anti-Japanese protest, his mother tried to explain his actions.
    “The education at school always instils the idea that Japanese are evil people and if you turn on the television most of the programmes are about the anti-Japanese war,†Yang Shuilan said. “How can we possibly not resent the Japanese?â€

    Apart from the fact that Cai’s 50-year-old victim was Chinese not Japanese, Ms Yang makes a valid point.
    In the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and the fall of the Soviet Union, China’s leaders concluded that the Communist party needed to improve its “thought workâ€. So they launched a new “patriotic education†campaign that continues to this day.
    The selective teaching of history – emphasising the brutality of foreign invaders and ignoring atrocities or mistakes by China’s leaders – is intended to boost the party’s legitimacy by cultivating a nationalistic, anti-western victim mentality among young Chinese.
    This campaign replaced the historical narrative of class struggle eventually won by the Communist party with a strong focus on China’s struggles with foreigners. It transformed China from a glorious victor into a weak and persecuted victim.
    One of the most puzzling and troubling aspects of the rising tensions between China and its neighbours is the disconnection between how the world views China and how China – from ordinary citizens to top leaders – sees itself.
    To the rest of the world, China looks like a huge and scary juggernaut intent on bullying smaller countries. In the minds of many Chinese, theirs remains a poor, weak and humiliated nation. How can you be a bully if you are the one who has always been picked on?
    Young Chinese are also taught that their country has always been peace-loving, never expansionist. It is a highly distorted view that overlooks the country’s history, including a border war with Vietnam as recently as 1979.
    The fruits of two decades of patriotic education can be seen in a rapid shift in China’s foreign policy stance toward its neighbours.
    For a long time, China pursued a policy intended to bring surrounding countries into its orbit. But after a spate of territorial disputes with virtually every important regional partner, Beijing can now call on just two as allies – Pakistan and North Korea – both of them dysfunctional.
    The most serious regional dispute is with Japan, which brutally occupied China during the second world war and where a rightwing government has just been installed in a landslide election win by a population nervous about Chinese aggression.
    Just a year ago, if someone suggested that war could break out between China and Japan, he or she would have been dismissed as a crackpot.
    But today, western diplomats and even some senior advisers to the Chinese government are worried about a conflict erupting if a Chinese ship or aircraft were to collide with a Japanese vessel around disputed islands in the East China Sea.
    Talk of war among Chinese officials and ordinary citizens is alarmingly common. One theory that has gained some currency is the idea that Beijing would come out well from a “limited war†in which it showed its resolve and shored up domestic support for the new administration of Xi Jinping.
    Proponents of this view, although very much in the minority for now, argue that the US is a “paper tigerâ€, much diminished by its Middle Eastern adventures and the financial crisis. They maintain that Washington would not be drawn in if Beijing could quickly capture a few uninhabited islands from Japan.
    Other, more level-headed, Chinese strategists dismiss this and argue Washington would be forced to draw a line in the water of the East China Sea to show its allies throughout the region that the US was willing and able to stick up for them.
    For now, talk of war remains the stuff of fantasy for old generals and young men such as Cai Yang who have been raised on a steady diet of nationalism and bitter humiliation.
    The rest of the world cannot change China’s education system or its deeply ingrained worldview. But, at the very least, foreign leaders need to understand the mentality of their Chinese counterparts.

    Patriotic education distorts China world view - FT.com
     
  2. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Its going to become a big problem for them later on
    Pakistan followed a similar policy
    and now they dont know their own history
     
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    grond Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    An average Chinese person has no clue about Indian culture and tradition, some actually think Hinduism is a sect of Buddhism..
    Technically that level of cluelessness is to our advantage, but still cultural exchange between two of the fastest emerging economies can't be bad...
     
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    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Mainland CCP hail'ers are an obnoxious segment of people, cultural interaction is not possible unless you come out of your pre-fabricated delusional cocoon.
     
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    grond Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Maybe the old but the youth are as far as I have seen more moderate..
     
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    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Patriotic education has been adopted after the Tienanmen Massacre. And all the forumer i met i strictly below 25-26 years of age.

    And all the brainwashing and censorship is a recent phenomenon.
     
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    grond Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Because their fathers were losing touch with the cultural revolution and the great leap forward.. So who influences your political thinking more, your family or some textbook.. What it did is create a huge idealogical gap , the moderates became more moderate and the hardliners became harder...
     
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    thats what has happened in Pakistan

    well anyways
    i dont care about their history or culture
    lets just stick to Business, Trade and Commerce
    I dont care much further about China

    if you wanna know about foreign culture
    i recommend Japanese Culture
    its very interesting,
    there is much more to it than just Samurai's
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Funny thing was that in one 'forum' a chinese guy was really livid at me for pointing out that Budhism entered china from India as an example of our aincient 2 way ties. He asked how I 'dared' to claim ownership of Budhism when it had been uprooted in India. You guys know I always have a counter argument for everything...but this one left me speechless..i wondered if that guy was for real.
     
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    How else do you indoctrinate almost a billion people to suit your expansionistic needs?:azn: You know what would be fun? To witness an indoctrinated chinese jingo's beliefs and indignations crumble when he or she ventures outside the boundaries of china; and is affronted with complete perspectives and truth.
     
  11. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    the view and mind o chinese people is purely made in china and as we know the quality of chinises products... same applies on their biological products.... always comes up other way around
     
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    And these same ultra nationalist peoples becomes a threat to regional stability when they assume power.
     
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