Xi Jinping’s ‘important speech’, delivered to four people at a rail station and containing nothing new, has been the subject of study sessions for hundreds of Hong Kong public-sector employees. Initium’s (paywalled/Chinese) analysis calls the sessions…
…”political learning” – a kind of leader worship, party-state political culture and ritual, and a method of ideological governance…
Patricia Thornton’s synopsis here. One point is that, even if participants are cynical about it, the exercise still establishes compliance – a Leninist ‘the medium is the message’.
Schoolchildren are also included…
“All young people must grasp the important concepts [in the speech] so that they understand their goals and dreams in life must be closely related to the future of the country,” [Education Secretary Christine Choi] said.
Yet what was that we just said about cynical participants?
Meanwhile, several lawmakers cast doubt over the effectiveness of mainland study tours on promoting national education.
Subcommittee chairwoman Priscilla Leung said the mainland tours aren’t as good as those offered in other countries.
“In fact, many students have come back from these visits [saying] they don’t believe in what they saw, [they claimed] everything was staged,” she said.
Damn kids. (Who pointed out that the emperor wasn’t wearing any clothes? It wasn’t a civil servant.) Meanwhile, patriots are urging schools to teach more about the ‘contribution of war heroes to the struggle against Japan’, and HKU is making (on-line, self-learning, non-credit) National Security classes compulsory.
Seems we are entering the everyone-knows-it’s-futile performance zone. Keep an eye out for posters promoting Xi Jinping Thought alongside the ‘Don’t feed wild boars’ and ‘Look after your old folks’ teeth’ ads everywhere.