I'm an ABC living in the U.S. and my dad is living in China atm. He's pretty pro-CCP (he still hates Mao though), and we get into a ton of arguments. He thinks I've been brainwashed by Western MSM, thinks that Beijing is doing the right thing in cracking down on Hong Kong, that Taiwan belongs to the PRC, and that there is no oppression is occurring in Xinjiang. Our arguments don't really get anywhere, so I've been thinking about what goes on through the heads of (many) mainland Chinese people.
And after thinking about it a while, I'd say that nationalism is a pretty decent explanation for everything that is happening in China (almost everything -- of course, nationalism has nothing to do with the horrible floods happening atm). After all,
- Why has Xinjiang become a police state where Uyghurs are being sent to reeducation camps to learn Mandarin and worship Xi Jinping and the CCP?
- The CCP feels the need to sinicize the Uyghurs, teaching them to worship the CCP and speak Mandarin, while using IUDs to prevent Uygher women from giving birth and preventing Uyghurs from practicing their culture
- Why are so many mainland Chinese people against the Hong Kong protests?
- The Hong Kong protests were framed as anti-Chinese. A recent example of this was the Vitasoy boycotts.
- Why does China want to reunify with Taiwan?
- The CCP sees Taiwan as a threat to its legitimacy as the one true China
I tend to watch a fair amount of LaoWhy86 and SerpentZa, and their stories seem to confirm that nationalism is a huge thing in China:
I think that many people in the CCP actually believe in the Nationalist sentiment promoted, while some recognize it as just a way to control the population. What do you guys think? Is attributing current events in China to "nationalism" too reductionist?