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The brainwashed: a generation of #Chinese millennials - The historical mantras of “100 years of humiliation” and “the invasion of foreign imperialist powers” became the central themes of its patriotic education campaign 👍A must read👍 asiatimes.com/2019/09/opinio…
China has adopted an education system that brainwashes its youth from elementary school to the university level, which thoroughly and fundamentally destroys their ability to critique.
“Where the No 1 criterion to be a good student, a good citizen, is to love the government without question. Compulsory Student Handbook Rule No 1 is to be loyal to the party.”
The state has fired and jailed thousands of educators and university scholars who have been critical of the Communist Party of China. For example, Liu Xiaobo, a public educator and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was tortured to death in 2017.
China utilizes the politics of historical memory to mobilize nationalism among millennials. The historical mantras of “100 years of humiliation” and “the invasion of foreign imperialist powers” became the central themes of its patriotic education campaign.
Top China expert James Harrison considers “the rewriting of Chinese history as the most massive attempt at ideological re-education in human history.”
The Chinese state filters information through its censorship system & also bans all external social-media platforms, replacing them with similar Chinese state-controlled social media, such as WeChat for Facebook, Sina Weibo for Twitter, Youku for YouTube, and Baidu for Google.
To push the propaganda even further, the Chinese state fakes millions of social-media comments every year, twisting the narrative of truth. China Daily proudly terms this as “the rational nationalism.”
Abroad, many mainland Chinese students hardly spend any time with fellow international students: They eat at Chinese restaurants and hang out with Chinese friends.
Even abroad, most of the time, Chinese students still use Chinese social-media platforms and receive daily information from those media.
Because of their education & their upbringing, it is not surprising that Chinese students directly replicate fake news coming from Chinese social media. If you challenge them, they think you hate China. If you keep silence, they assume that you agree with the Chinese narrative.
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