Netizens Unmoved by “National Day Editorial”

Correction: Year of last translated editorial title mentioned in second paragraph added.

In honor of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Daily posted an image list of every commemorative editorial it has published from 1949 to the present, along with these words, on Weibo:

PeoplesDaily: Today in News History: In almost every year from 1949 to 2012, the People’s Daily has printed a “National Day editorial” on October 1. Looking just at the 57 titles, one can witness the forward march of the times. This year’s title is “Advance Valiantly on China’s Hopeful Path.” Happy birthday to the republic! (via the China News History Society) (October 1, 2012)


Previous titles include “Five Years of Striving for Peace, Democracy and Socialism” (1954), “Study Mao Zedong Thought; Carry on Chairman Mao’s Final Wishes” (1976) and “Forge Ahead Courageously Along the Great Path of Socialism” (1989). No editorial was published in 1950, 1951, 1971, 1979, 1980, 1982 or 1986. The full list is available in Chinese here.

Many readers were less than impressed, comparing China’s “hopeful path” to its congested highways, stifled during the Golden Week holiday. Others asked if all that much as changed in the People’s Daily over the past 63 years. Below are comments selected by CDT Chinese:

iYuanfeng: Get trapped in the middle of the endless traffic on China’s highways!—To my dear friends who contributed to the congestion through their road trips during Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.


putianzhixia110: Wow, you rock! How thick does your skin have to be to show off something like this?

putianzhixia110:哇 你们真有种 这种事情拿出来炫耀脸皮得多厚啊

LiXingHengV: I want to barf!


DuNanExposee: There’s a sensitive word in 1954.

杜楠爆料: 1954年的有敏感词

LittleStrayDog007: Is this a country of the people? If not, I’d rather not to give it my blessing!


ShiLiqin: How about publishing the annual editorials of the #XinhuaDaily# from before 1949?


JianchengCD: There is traffic on this “road”!


Ghost57: I don’t trust a single thing printed in your esteemed newspaper except the punctuation marks!


OldDemonbo: The “People’s Daily”? I don’t think it has anything to do with the “people” other than its name…


JingboZhuanping2: “With what face does a government represent a country if it is not elected by the people? To love this kind of nation is to betray our motherland.” [Mao Zedong, 1944]


Iceberg5188: Will you speak for the people, or will you speak for the Communist Party?


John_Chen_: How can you possibly call this country a “republic”?


SunshineOldLady958: Sigh, “People’s Daily”? In this country, we can only see some truthful words on Weibo… It’s sad.


AngleIsNegative: The splendid language and culture of China are ruined by outrageous official newspapers like the People’s Daily.


dragemannenII: I haven’t got an inch of land or a single ballot. Is it still fitting to call it a “republic”?


ChiWanHuijiaPeilaopo: There won’t be much to write about in ten years. I’m waiting!


Read more about Nationals Days past and present from CDT.

Translation by Mengyu Dong.

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