Monday, May 05, 2008


From an op-ed in the Washington Post:

Frequently the past few months, I have been asked about the wisdom of using the Olympics as an opportunity to push China to improve its human rights record. Underlying these questions is a sense that international pressure may have played into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party by triggering nationalist emotions and rallying indignant Chinese people behind the regime.

This concern is understandable. It is critical, however, that people distinguish among the four types of nationalism in China today to determine how best to pressure the regime to make improvements.


Toonces the Driving Cat said...

When I was at U. Illinois recently, a large group of foreign Chinese students were carrying out a highly organized PR campaign to promote China and the upcoming olympics. They were all over campus, handing out flyers and pencils and things. They even held a 5K run in honor of the olympics. They had this booth on campus with propaganda explaining how the western media was being unfair to China. It was very odd and cult-like, and you could tell that these students grew up in a totalitarian regime, where nationalism and obedience to authority were tantamount.