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lau_guan_kim Post time: 2012-9-9 07:04
In the US, students are required to take the oath to the flag, if I am not misinformed.
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No LGK, you're not wrong regarding the oath of allegiance in the US.
There is, however distinct difference between an oath of allegiance and the enforcement of "politics" classes in mainland China.
History, some of it, is glossed over in those classes and and some isn't.
The history that is glossed over, in my experience of teaching in China and knowing thousands of students, is the negative side of Chinese CCP rule. Add to this that the CCP and red army completely beat the Japanese on their own....nobody helped them except the "flying tigers".
The history that isn't glossed over is the Japanese invasion and foreign incursions into China, as well as the opium wars etc.
These truths are used to foment hatred in Chinese youth. I've taught in China for 8 years, students of many ages and socio-economic groups. The rhetoric they spout against the Japanese and foreign past transgressions is nothing short of mindless parroting of propaganda stemming from the "geniuses" who design curriculum, in Beijing.
You can debate these facts but, I've seen it and have worked within the system while discussing history with students. This observation is fact, nothing more, or less. It isn't anti-China or CCP, it is simply fact.