'Revival' of Mao on the Web and Political Crisis in China

By:
Dr. Yong-Kang Wei
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The New York Times columnist Kristof predicted that the Chinese leadership is digging a grave for itself by 'giving the Chinese people broadband' (May 24, 2005), arguing the Internet plays a role in eroding the government’s monopoly on information and therefore speeding up the process of democratization in China. His prediction, however, mainly comes from a survey of Web sites that are predominantly pro-Western or believe the Western-style of democracy can 'save' China.

My proposed presentation depicts the political crisis facing the Chinese authorities at a rather different angle, i.e., by surveying some of the popular 'red' blogs in China that remain relatively unknown to Westerners, presumably due to the language barrier. These “red” blogs all share one thing in common, i.e., the nostalgic sentiments for Mao and Mao’s era, understandably against the backdrop in that country of ideological perplexity, moral corruption, environmental pollution, and, above all, the shocking inequality between the poor and the rich.

Through the survey, I wish to provide some fresh insights—dissented from the mainstream—into a struggling society otherwise known for its economic 'miracle.'


Keywords: Web Blogs, Internet, Mao, Economic Reform, Political Crisis
Stream: Political Science, Politics, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Yong-Kang Wei

Assistant Professor, Department of English & Communication, University of Texas at Brownsville
USA


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