China: Anti-US Red Songs Good, Pro-Cultural Revolution Ones BadPosted: May 8, 2016
I said in my comments yesterday on the controversial Monday red song concert that praised the Cultural Revolution and promoted hatred against the US that one of the organizers of the concert cheated the others by claiming that he came from an office of the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that did not exist.
SCMP describes the national fury against the concert for its praising of the Cultural Revolution in its follow-up report titled “Accusations fly thick and fast over Chinese cultural group’s Cultural Revolution ‘red songs’ concert” today.
However, SCMP says in the report that Chen Guang the head of the concert’s major organizer, the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre directly under the Ministry of Culture, denied that the concert was aimed at praising the Cultural Revolution. He was quoted as saying “There were nearly 6,000 people in the audience. No one would have linked it to the Cultural Revolution.”
Why then would the 6,000 people paid 128 yuan (USD20) each to attend the concert? According to Chen, “It was a patriotic show from the bottom of [our] hearts and exuded ‘positive energy’.”
How patriotic? Singing the anti-American song under the slogan “Whole world should unite to defeat the American invaders and their lackeys”? No one has protested that and the 6,000 people paid 128 yuan to hear the US denounced. 128 yuan is not an insignificant sum given that the average wage is 3,000 to 4,000 yuan. Chen said. “We don’t know why it triggered such a controversy?” as he believes that none of the 6,000 people in the audience would have linked the concert to the Cultural Revolution.
Yes, they do not come to see the Cultural Revolution praised but to denounce the United States. Correct? If so, I can safely say that there is common anti-American mentality among Chinese people perhaps due to what the US has been doing in the South China Sea to oppose China’s historical claim.
On the other hand, according to SCMP’s report on May 6 titled “Half of Americans still see China’s rise as threat, survey suggests”, Pew Research Center finds in its survey on April 4 to 19, half of Americans continue to see China’s rise as threat.
China does not seem to want to stop its rise and is promoting anti-American mentality while the majority of American people regard China’s rise as a threat. Will there be a war between the US and China?
SCMP’s two reports can be viewed respectively at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1942195/accusations-fly-thick-and-fast-over-chinese-cultural-groups-cultural and http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1941667/half-americans-still-see-chinas-rise-threat-survey