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Nurturing hatred in Chinese youth
Du Yilong, Special to the Epoch Times
Whenever I speak about current affairs with young Chinese, I am always shocked by their deeply held and inexplicable hatred towards the West. This seemingly unjustified malice in their bellies makes it difficult for me to empathize with them, yet it also causes me to worry greatly that it may stymie their intellectual development.
It reminds me of the youth of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1970) who, brainwashed by propaganda, committed atrocities against their families and friends, their traditional values, and their nation. Those youngsters, unaware of the society before the Communist Revolution and controlled by lies and a so-called “theory,” have left an indelible blemish on our Chinese history. Today, I am distressed to see a similarly intense hatred – this time directed squarely at the development and progress of human civilization. Advanced political systems, ideological thought, freedom, and democracy are the objects of their hatred and their fury is vented towards those that adopt these models: Western culture, democratic nations, and the United States, in particular.
The hatred towards the U.S. could date back to the Communist Revolution (1945-1949), when the U.S. supported the Kuomintang (KMT) as the rightful rulers of China. However, the U.S. helped defeat Japan’s occupation of China during World War II. During the Korean War, when the Chinese Communist Party joined with the former U.S.S.R. to support the reactionary regime in North Korea and resist the United Nations, the CCP developed an almost paranoid terror of the West, especially the U.S.
Throughout the long years of the Cold War and despite the widening gap between the ideology of the CCP and the former U.S.S.R., the common enemy remained the “West,” led by the U.S. Although the CCP offered significant assistance to many impoverished countries around the world, the aid was directed mainly at those nations’ Communist Parties so that they could further the cause of CCP-style communism through protracted civil wars and the slaughter of their people. One example of this is the CCP’s avid support of Cambodia’s murderous Khmer Rouge using taxes collected from the Chinese people. The true extent of the depravity of the 20 years of the Khmer Rouge regime did not emerge until later, when it was revealed that it had slaughtered nearly 25% of the Cambodian population.
In the late 1970’s, desperate to prop up the now struggling Khmer Rouge, the CCP launched an invasion of Vietnam, killing many thousands on both sides. This approach to foreign policy not only made the Chinese themselves suffer under the burdens of deprivation, but it increased the resentment between China and the West even more, leaving China isolated and helpless in the world.
In order to maintain power at home, a massive propaganda campaign was instigated, directed mainly towards generating resentment of the West and a particular hatred of the U.S. At the same time, the ruling party realized that it would have to hide the truth to protect itself, thus beginning the process of creating an opaque and impenetrable political system.
In recent years, fearful of the effects of Western influence on the newly, economically reformed and “opened” China, the CCP intensified it propaganda campaign against the West, most notably during the Gulf War, the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in the former Yugoslavia, the Afghanistan conflict, and the Iraqi War. During each of these, the CCP used its complete control of the domestic media to twist the truth, thus increasing the misapprehension and hatred of the Chinese towards anything Western.
For those youngsters born during the 1980’s, the mental poisoning has been most extreme. Their hatred now runs so deep that when civilians of Western countries suffer terribly from terrorist attacks, the young Chinese not only do not condemn the attacks, they openly applaud them. So preoccupied are they with their now-ingrained hatred, that any vision of American or Western culture triggers venting of their fury.
In sharp contrast to their hatred of the West, when their thoughts turn towards the CCP and the Chinese government, today’s Chinese youth are overcome with feelings of obedience and loyalty; it is as if affection for the Party is a completely natural and basic instinct. Oblivious and isolated from competing ideologies, without a basis for reference and contrast, they believe whatever the Party tells them.
Today’s youth is at a crisis point. On the one hand, they are full of anger toward the West. On the other, they are besotted by the CCP. They seem uninspired, with no direction or purpose. Their sympathy, compassion and care for classmates, family, and nation are completely destroyed. They have no self-confidence and style themselves blindly on shallow actors. They give up their self control and indulge themselves in all sorts of violent movies, novels and games. They lack a healthy philosophy of freedom and independence and are overtaken by a despondency regarding schooling. They revel in playing truant and give themselves up to immature “puppy love” in their relationships.
The CCP can rest assured that it has perverted yet another generation into believing its lies. A high school student recently wrote: “Our good days are given by the CCP, so we thank the CCP for being the cultivator of us. This is also the embodiment of the advantages of the socialism. We should not forget the well digger when we drink the water and we will forever stick to the socialist path.”
In my mind’s eye, I again see those striplings of the Cultural Revolution, sleeves rolled up and throats hoarse from shouting slogans. The spirits of those horrible times have not vanished. They will continue to impair China’s youth one generation after another.
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