Sunday, August 27, 2006
Long March & Camping
Today, Chinese goverment is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Long March (changzheng, 长征).
"The Long March (Traditional Chinese: 長征; pinyin: Chángzhēng) was a massive military retreat undertaken by the armies of the Communist Party of China, the forerunner of the People's Liberation Army, to evade the pursuit of the Kuomintang army."--wikipedia
There's a point for the Party to celebrate it because without the Long March the Party'd have been already kicked out from the country by Nationalist in the 1930s. But, it is still a retreat, at most a successful retreat. Some westerners have retraced the route. It took them a year to cover nearly 6000km. Hell, that's a lot to walk on your bare feet.
It doesn't really matter to average citizens today whether thoes real-believers of Communist have made it or not. That's like someting happeden in a time too far away from present. But, what people like is the idea that Long March is like a really, really long camping trip!!!! In the image abover to the left, the cadre says:"Bring your club card and let's go for a trip!" People in Beijing today might buy it. This ad somehow signifies a post-socialist situation when people use the revolutionary ideas, images and memories to re-conceptualize the suddenly newcoming consumersim.
Another news these days is the Party's going to set up Communist Party Branch in Walmart in China. For good and for momey, Walmart says it'd be glad to do so. Does it mean socialist defeated capitalist this turn or the opposite?
The Lifeweekly (三联生活周刊) talked about Japanese comic books in this issue. While the anti-japanese collective mentality is so popular these days in China, it is a very brave (reckless?) attempet. Nonetheless Huang Yan in her article talked about the copyright issue. She said all the copies in the Chinese market were priates by then because before the 90s the goverment law didn't permit any Chinese publisher to import any comic books. The Japanese knew it too. And they were happy with that. The cunning japanese said: "It's good because we didn't pay a dime to conquer the whole Chinese market". Ha~those japs....
Saturday, August 26, 2006
people feel good because they feel in power
Post-new is a generation of Chinese people like me who were born in the 80s, grew up when China's experiencing an upside-down, which the Communist prefers to call Economic Reform, in the 90s.
This generation is taking power in the country. This generation is better educated (some are very well). Some had a chance to study overseas, and came to find out how different another country other than authoritarian could be.
Now our generation in early or mid-20s. We're working hard to earn our life, to eran our position in the society. Sometiems we feel lost. We see those old guys (with old thoughts) who already have money and power. We see them as our bosses, giving us orders, and play with our future.
Beijing is the city I was borm. I love it. I don't really understand why some Canadians, precisely, Calgarians would be so surprised after I told them I'd go back, instead of staying in Canada. Well. Their understanding of China and Beijing mostly comes from the STUPID Western media. True. There're both up and down sides. But what i can't believe is the Wester media, such as CNN News (probably the biggest fiction channel around the world), could self-claim to be free while they are so biased and narrow-minded.
We'll see another portrait of Beijing here. Start with a photo of hutong, literally small lanes. It's part of the reason why Beijingnese feel so good about their city--historical glories manifested in old architectures. People feel good because people feel in power.
This's very funny episode created by Danwei.com. A jewish girl living in Beijing and inerviewed bunch of old Chinese peopel asking their opinions about love and boyfriend.
Danwei.com's doing what i want to do here: "We focus on China, bringing you programs about people and places you won't see on CNN or BBC."