Some of the things which are true about China: 1)
Pollution in Beijing, now Shanghai too 2) kids study super hard 3) people there are extremely materialistic
Rarely heard things about China: 1)
Communist Party is not monolithic. It is actually quite divided in terms of factions, there are liberals and conservatives who fight to get their ideas implemented 2) Chinese people are diverse 3) political correctness is non existent, which many westerners interpret as racist 4) Chinese don’t feel nearly as repressed as the western media portrays them to be
China is a huge country and at any given time there are millions of problems. Western media tend to focus on a tiny portion of the population (typically the elites with affinity to Western culture and speak fluent English). What is missing from the context is the rest of the population. I think journalists working for Western media tend to filter out anything which may shed a positive light on China in fear of being labelled “propaganda”. This fear plays a great role of self-censorship in the Western media on China reporting, and is one of the reasons for people not getting the right picture about China.
the polution in Shanghai thing…the levels being bad all the time…..not true.
China isn’t nearly as politically repressive as the Western media seems to believe. You won’t go to jail for talking about the Tienanmen incident in public, and most Chinese people are actually pretty neutral about the government and don’t harbor dreams of rebelling and creating a democracy.
But you might get your ass beat if you think tienanmen is the correct spelling
Talking about Tienanmen Square in China is a massive no no. I’m talking from personal and family experience from having traveled. Even make a mention of it to the wrong person or even try to take videos in the square and you will be approached by officers telling you to get out of there in no uncertain terms. They are very politically repressive. Crazy amount of C.C.T.V. cameras, uniformed officers everywhere. The army depending on where in China you are.
You might not go to jail but if you’re a reporter, you won’t be allowed to publish. If you’re a blogger, some sweaty assnozzle of censor will get the post deleted at the very least. If you’re a family member petitioning the powers that be, you might end up being spirited off not to actual “jail” but to an undocumented “black prison”, or have your skull split open on the sidewalk by an unaccountable and annymous chengguan brownshirt.
You may not think that’s repressive, and you may be right, but it certainly is an oppressive environment.
So is having police beat you up/search/imprison/murder you simply for your socioeconomic class or skin color, something that is a regular occurrence in America.
Abuse of police power for petty/random reasons is a worldwide problem, often symptomatic of some other much less soluable issue. It’s not unique to The U.S. or China, for sure.
What is unique to China is chengguan actually fighting running battles in the streets with the actual police. Crazy…