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中国人需要管的 (zhōng guó rén xū yào guǎn de): “Chinese people need to be controlled”
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===''Zhōngguórén shì xūyào guǎn de'' [[中国人是需要管的]]===
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Chan Jackie Chan] famously made this statement during a discussion of censorship, movies and society at the annual Bo’ao Forum, known as the Asian Davos, which was held on Hainan Island.
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[[File:中国人是需要管的1.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Jackie Chan: "We Chinese need to be controlled."'']]Infamous statement made by movie star and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference member [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Chan Jackie Chan] during a discussion of censorship, movies, and society at the 2009 [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/boao-forum/ Boao Forum for Asia]:
  
The comment set off a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/04/jackie-chan-chinese-people-need-to-be-controlled/ firestorm of discussion and criticism], especially in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Even state-run mainland newspapers felt obliged to criticize Chan's comments. The state-run [http://opinion.people.com.cn/GB/9156419.html People's Daily] accused Jackie Chan of wishing to deprive the Chinese of their extensive liberties and to subject them to an oppressive regime.
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<blockquote>If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic... I'm gradually beginning to feel that '''we Chinese need to be controlled'''. If we're not controlled, we'll just do what we want. [[http://www.infzm.com/content/27787 '''Chinese''']]</blockquote>
  
Chan's statement may be alternatively translated as, “Chinese people need to be managed,” which is milder in tone. However, Chan has a history of making controversial political statements. He has previously claimed that Chinese culture may not be compatible with democracy, and called for [http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2012/12/13/jackie-chan-says-hong-kong-protests-too-much/ restrictions on protests in Hong Kong]. In early 2013, he claimed that America was the “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/01/jackie-chan-us-not-china-most-corrupt-country/ most corrupt country in the world].
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The comment set off a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/04/jackie-chan-chinese-people-need-to-be-controlled/ firestorm of discussion and criticism], especially in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Even mainland newspapers felt obliged to criticize Chan. The state-run [http://opinion.people.com.cn/GB/9156419.html People's Daily] accused Jackie Chan of wishing to deprive the Chinese of their extensive liberties and subject them to an oppressive regime.
  
[[File:jackie.jpg|400px|thumb|left|Caricature of Jackie Chan made after his infamous comments.]]
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While the statement can be translated more mildly as "Chinese people need to be managed," Chan has a history of making controversial political pronouncements. He has previously claimed that Chinese culture may not be compatible with democracy, and has called for [http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2012/12/13/jackie-chan-says-hong-kong-protests-too-much/ restrictions on protests in Hong Kong].
  
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Netizens have turned Jackie's phrase on themselves, as Weiber @Slark_003 did the aftermath of the [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/01/sina-weibo-stifled-amid-internet-crackdown/ Big V crackdown]: "I think they should shut down Weibo. '''Chinese people need to be controlled'''." [[http://weibo.com/3233711640/ChQwjm4OV '''Chinese''']]
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See [[monkey-snake]].
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Latest revision as of 20:31, 27 May 2020

Zhōngguórén shì xūyào guǎn de 中国人是需要管的

Jackie Chan: "We Chinese need to be controlled."

Infamous statement made by movie star and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference member Jackie Chan during a discussion of censorship, movies, and society at the 2009 Boao Forum for Asia:

If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic... I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not controlled, we'll just do what we want. [Chinese]

The comment set off a firestorm of discussion and criticism, especially in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Even mainland newspapers felt obliged to criticize Chan. The state-run People's Daily accused Jackie Chan of wishing to deprive the Chinese of their extensive liberties and subject them to an oppressive regime.

While the statement can be translated more mildly as "Chinese people need to be managed," Chan has a history of making controversial political pronouncements. He has previously claimed that Chinese culture may not be compatible with democracy, and has called for restrictions on protests in Hong Kong.

Netizens have turned Jackie's phrase on themselves, as Weiber @Slark_003 did the aftermath of the Big V crackdown: "I think they should shut down Weibo. Chinese people need to be controlled." [Chinese]

See monkey-snake.