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How Mainland #China 'Lost its Humanity': Mainland Chinese once had as much compassion as Hongkongers, but decades of repression have produced cynicism, writes Anastasia Lin 👍Good one👍 macdonaldlaurier.ca/mainland-china…
My communist education in China was half political indoctrination. Youths were encouraged to demonise “the government’s enemy”, including Western democracies, Christians, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners and now Hong Kong protesters.
We feared repercussions if we challenged such rhetoric, and were rewarded for using extreme language and action to marginalise and demonise the targeted minority.
Today, communist government-sponsored media falsely portrays the protests as violent riots. Out of a misguided patriotism, angry Chinese youths intimidate other Chinese people on internet forums.
Last week at the University of South Australia, when a female Hong Kong student was chanting “Hong Kong, stay strong”, the pro-Beijing students shouted back sexist foul language to intimidate her.
The overseas Chinese community was shocked by the ruthlessness in their conduct but, back in China, videos of the event were circulated by the media as “the best example of patriotic education”. This is the classic communist modus operandi: when outclassed, try to outgun.
People have seen one political purge after another, in which small segments of the population are picked out and publicly persecuted to instil fear in everyone else. That desensitises us to others’ suffering.
After the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the surviving victims were persecuted, thrown into jail and “disappeared”. The country returned to normal soon after, as if nothing had ever happened. The student protesters’ sacrifice was in vain.
The voice of pro-Beijing enthusiasts doesn't represent the voice of overseas Chinese or most people in China. Many Chinese people are inspired by the determination of Hong Kong people & voiced their support, even though informants are carefully monitoring the overseas community.
It was a profound indignity to find out my entire belief system was based on a lie. I realised I had been used as a tool by the Chinese Communist Party as a child. It wants to make all Chinese citizens complicit in its crimes.
The courageous Hong Kongers are fighting on behalf of every Chinese citizen, who may not even know how they lost their humanity. If the rest of the world stands up for Hong Kong, perhaps Chinese citizens will find the courage to confront the crimes of the Communist Party.
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