Ai Wei-Wei is rebelling against his culture through his public statements in the articles. Ai Wei-Wei has always seems to reject and deny what the chinese government has given society. He states “This is a society that sacrifices human rights to make a profit”, which proves Ai Wei-Wei is rebelling against his culture. He does not agree with the way is government runs, even though is has run this way in his culture for generations. Yet, he believes that the government needs to change, even though the government has been running this way in his culture.
Technology, knowledge, politics and many more ideas were all becoming influences of the west. China was in a crisis. In order for China to emerge from this, had to observe their level of national power, discover the problem and progress as a whole (Chen). Chen Duxiu’s call for nationalism explained the negative connotations that imperialism had on their country. In his eyes, the lack of nationalism was a result of the conflicting ideas of the old and the new.
This caused China to suffer culturally and economically on a global scale. However the people did not always follow the laws of the government. Moas government was against drugs such as opium however when the officials were not around, villagers could be seen taking to their old habit without a thought. Ma takes in the scene of a village of growers in the distance “After harvesting their crops they spend their time attacking anyone who happens to pass by.”(12)
Since the television shows make influences on people, their values conveyed in the programs also impact social morality. If the directors of television shows only focus on the entertaining functions of television programs to make profits, the public’s morality will have danger to be lowered
Although Qin Shi Huang-Di is sometimes seen as a fantastic leader and unifier, he was also paranoid, oppressive, and tyrannical. For example, he was constantly worried about people who opposed him and about keeping control of his country. When Confucian scholars talked behind his back or criticized him because his administration was built on Legalism, he decided to get rid of them and ordered the arrest and execution of over 400 scholars (Gracie). This dislike of opposition and debate has carried over to the communist party of China today, showing just how much of Qin’s legacy has lasted. Along with the arrest of the scholars, he also used other means to end intellectual opposition.
Lianke’s case can be explained by recalling what he himself defines as ‘amnesia with Chinese characteristics’, the state loss of memory that the regime sees as essential to its survival. Outraged by Chinese censorship and moved by anthropological truth, Lianke has consistently explored, disjointed and mocked the whole history of the People’s Republic: in, Lenin’s Kisses, the government’s plan to purchase Lenin’s embalmed corpse from Russia and use it as basis for a tourist site in the mainland is a mockery to China’s move to capitalism. To Serve the People, which closely reminds of Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, it’s a parody of Maoist rhetoric, the tale of a young woman who takes an older lover who can be aroused only when she smashes portraits and statues of Chairman Mao. Dream of Ding Village explores the AIDS blood-contamination in Henan province, not much of a fiction but the outcome of Lianke’s three years research in ‘AIDS villages’ in Henan.
A US scholar, Lee Feigon in a revisionist argument contends, Mao was annoyed with “corruptions and bureaucracy” of the CCP government. Therefore he indeed wanted the intellectuals to “expose and attack corruptions and bureaucracy,” and expected “peasants, students and workers to speak out and prevent bureaucrats from running rough hold over their rights.” However the criticisms eventually directed to Mao and he had an immediate halt for the campaign. Whereas Jonathan Spence argues that the campaign was a result of contradictory thinking among the Communist Party leaders, specifically between Mao and Zhou Enlai. He argued that the campaign “was rather a muddled and inconclusive movement that grew out of conflicting attitudes…” within the party.
Because the Americans and other foreigners pushed for the sale of drugs in China, disrespected the local Chinese religion and weakened China as a whole, the Boxers do not deserve criticism. The Boxers do not deserve any criticism because when the British introduced opium to China, it caused a disruption in a somewhat peaceful place. This situation upset many nationals and the Chinese government, causing
Has our nation ever thought about how the government could be manipulating people in believing in anything with the power of language? That is exactly what the book, 1984 by George Orwell does. The government in 1984 controls their people with the fear of having no privacy. In a result from not having privacy, the government can tell who is going against the Party and if they talk bad about the Party then they will be taken away and “vaporized”. Also, if the people do not believe in everything the Party says then they also will be taken away.
In China, young people who are unhappy with Hong Kong’s government are protesting using their art. Hong Kong’s street artists have expressed their political views with posters, stickers and stencil graffiti. The art is meant to attack some of the city’s most important politicians and business leaders. Henry Tang Ying-yen, Hong Kong’s government chief secretary can be seen on Barack Obama’s “Hope” campaign poster. It shows the government’s chief secretary laughing, with horns on his head and the Chinese characters for “kill” printed on his forehead.
Ai Weiwei’s 1995 piece, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, is a revolutionary documentation of difficult art that also challenges normal beliefs of what art is. Weiwei is seen dropping a priceless urn. On the exterior, this simply looks like a man with too much free time dropping a priceless artifact, however, this may challenge the audience to think as to why someone would cause such destruction. Weiwei is disturbing the audience in their own perception of art. One might believe it can’t be art if it is just the chronicling of destruction.
A Cloud of Oppression Experiencing the torment of a label is difficult, especially if it is given to your whole family. In the memoir Red Scarf Girl, set in the time of the Cultural Revolution, being within the upper middle class was frowned upon and proletarians were seen as the leaders of society. The label of black class status tainted the bourgeoisie, including the Jiang family, with torture, ridicule, and incrimination by others influenced by the governmentally coercive ways of Communism. Political oppression was visible everywhere within China, affecting neighborhoods, families and even children.