US Media： "Brainwashing" Chinese youth is not that easy
I came into contact with people of my age from various countries, I can say that Chinese youth are the most intellectual and matured deliberators. If you know them and hav
e discussed with them on sensitive issues, then you should realize they have their own viewpoint on a lot of topics. Chinese younger generation will assume greater responsibility.Going into any political prerequisite classroom in a Chinese university, you can sense that Chinese youth cannot be brainwashed simply by textbooks or brilliant lecturers. Chinese students often snore right in front of their teachers, reading other text materials, chatting or simply skip classes. In general, they lack interest in such kind of courses.As a foreign student majoring in Journalism at a Chinese university, I need to attend Marxism Theory on Journalism with my Chinese classmates. When I took this course as a freshman, I was surprised to find Chinese students hardly cared about it at all.I used to think that Chinese young people will be as what foreign media generally portrayed: as they are brought up in a communist country and are dosed with lots of political theory studies, they would become extremely nationalistic, stubborn, hard-core. The series of recent events: anti-CNN protest, boycott of French goods and demonstration at Carrefour storefront all support the existing kind of foreign perception of Chinese young people image.I am no apologist for the aggressive action by those Chinese young people. However, their image has been smeared and distorted on foreign media. For a large country like China, its demographics is definitely diversified. It's not proper to generalize and brand all young people into one single group.I came into contact with people of my age from various countries, I can say that Chinese youth are the most intellectual and matured deliberators. If you know them and have discussed with them on sensitive issues, then you should realize they have their own viewpoint on a lot of topics.Just like one of my Chinese classmates puts it: Chinese's view towards their media and their country is very complex. Despite some of them don't believe their media, they would put aside their criticism as soon as their country is being attacked. Westerners must realize, even when individualism is highly acknowledged in China, unity is even more important in China. That explains the present overwhelming patriotism or the "irrational nationalism" as put by the Western media.My classmate belongs to the group of rational, well-educated Chinese young people. They are capable to objectively identify fallacies of Western media as well as of their own country. They see "demonising" by Western media is inevitable. In the course of becoming Super power, China has no choice my to face hostility from other countries. Some Chinese young people are prepared to face increased confrontation from the West with a positive note. However, they should not be taken as not embracing their own country. They sincerely wish Beijing Olympic to be a success, that China rises peaceful and be on the World's platform with dignity.As my Chinese classmate puts it "What China really is should be better than your worst expectation, but it also falls short of your wishful thinking."