采访/田净 编辑/宋风 后制/舒灿
Undercover State-run Media Reporters Appear in College Classes
The Party Aims to “Clean up” Colleges?
Recently, “Liaoning Daily”, the provincial state-run newspaper,
headlined a public letter addressed to all college teachers in China.
It says it’s a severe phenomenon that college teachers
“China Youth Daily” supported “Liaoning Daily” and commented
that “people insult the motherland on internet and in society,
and the source of negative emotion is college teachers.”
It’s worried that it might be a forerunner for the party
to “clean up” colleges and “reform” intellectuals.
On Nov 4, “Liaoning Daily” headline news published an article
“Teacher, Please Stop Talking about China in This Way”,
which covered 4 full pages of the newspaper.
It said that the newspaper collected more than 300 stories on
“How Should China Be Discussed in College Classes”.
One comment from a college student drew the editor’s attention.
The student said: “I don’t know when it became a fashion
to bad-mouth China and to criticize society.”
“Liaoning Daily” stated they investigated more than 2 months
inside and outside Liaoning Province, held 7 symposiums,
and audited more than 100 classes in the colleges located
in Shenyang Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhai and Guangzhou.
“Liaoning Daily” summarized their 130,000-words class notes
into 3 categories of problems.
First category is: teachers talk about the “private information”
of Marx & Engles and teach the theories in a joking way
because of the lack of consensus on the theories.
Second one is: they admire Western “Separation of the Three Powers”
and question the party’s critical policies, corruption and justice
because of the lack consensus on politics.
Third one is: some teachers think that it’s a demonstration
of individuality if they say
“I am not going to join the communist party”
because of the lack of consensus on emotionality.
Sun Wenkuang, retired professor of Shangdong University,
pointed out that the party aims to control college teaching
content for a while, and even tries to censor teachers’ notes.
The way they do it is the same as the brain-washing education
from official media. They only gloss over the party instead of
exposing the dark side of society.
Sun Wenguang: “Many teachers have their own political
standpoints. They have their own thoughts.
However, it’s too risky if they turn their thoughts into words.
Therefore, they talk about their ideas in classes.”
Sun Wenguang said students actually like those viewpoints
that aren’t consistent with office news.
Zhu Xinxin, freelance writer and member of Independent
Chinese PEN Center, stated that the party has been dedicated
to cultural dictatorship, which has smothered China’s education.
Therefore, students have lost their ability to think independently
and social evils have been rampant.
Zhu Xinxin: “It’s a signal to college education.
It’s a signal to further control college education.
It aims to clean out those teachers
with democratic ideology and humanity.
Thus, cultural dictatorship can fill up college education.”
Hong Kong “Ming Pao” disclosed Liaoning provincial
authorities actually gave permission to “Liaoning Daily”
to perform the task.
The person in charge of the public letter used to be Deputy
Secretary of Liaoning Province College Working Committee
and Deputy Director of Liaoning Provincial
Department of Education.
Once “Liaoning Daily” published the public letter,
it’s strongly supported by other state-run media.
“China Youth Daily” wrote an article titled
“Scolding China Shouldn’t Be Required in Class”.
It also said that people insult “motherland” on internet and in
society, and the source of negative emotion are college teachers.
Mr Feng, a college teacher from Xian, stated that the dark side
of society is not caused by teachers but by the governors.
The concept of “motherland” in state-run media is different
from the understanding of college teachers.
“Motherland” has existed for thousands of years,
which is obviously not true of the party.
Mr. Feng: “When the party’s ideology and behavior is consistent
with the interest of the Motherland, we will support it and
intellectuals will support it. However, if the party is undermining
the interests of the people and our Motherland,
It’s a demonstration of patriotism if we point out its mistakes.”
Based on insider information, “Ming Pao” disclosed
that it might cause a movement in colleges with approval from
the party authorities after the public letter was published.
Recently, Professor Wang Shoutian,
Law School Associate Professor of Public Security University,
has been forbidden from teaching anymore.
Thus, it’s not a groundless rumor that the party is going to
“clean up” colleges.
Nonetheless, Mr. Feng said that now is not the time of the
Great Cultural Revolution.
People have already learned the truth.
If the party performs an extensive crack-down,
a lot of people will turn into revolutionists.
Interview/ Tian Jing Edit/ Songfeng Post-Production/Shu Can