China: New political campaign shows sarcasm is alive and well – Frank Dai

From Global Voices Online (link):

A strange custom of every Communist Party of China leader is for them to come up with their own theory or “ism”. Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping had their own respective variations of Socialist theory. Jiang Zemin has his Three Represents. And what about the current Chinese president Hu Jintao? His, just released earlier this year, is often translated as the Eight Dos and Don’ts, or ‘Eight Honors and Eight Shames,’ and emphasizes the moral education of citizens”particularly the young generation”with the basis of conventional moral values like diligence and patriotism. The weirdest part of this theory is that all the Dos and Don’ts are nothing more than common sense and seem unworthy of the overwhelming propaganda in recent days.

And are the citizens really listen to such empty talks? Probably not. Mostly they choose to praise it superficially but ignore it practically. A common joke on schoolyards across the nation now is the phrase ‘Hu says eight rules’ (ËÉ°ËØ¥ÂÖ´ÈÅì), a euphemism for saying something silly or not making sense.

May 15, 2006, 4:59 PM
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