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By William A. Callahan

The increase of China provides a long term problem to the area not just economically, yet politically and culturally. Callahan meets this problem in China: The Pessoptimist Nation by utilizing new chinese language resources and cutting edge research to work out how chinese language humans comprehend their new position on the earth. the center of chinese language international coverage isn't a safety hindrance, yet an identification challenge. chinese language id emerges during the interaction of optimistic and destructive emotions: China hence is the pessoptimist country. This positive/negative dynamic intertwines China's family and overseas politics simply because nationwide safeguard is heavily associated with nationalist insecurities.

To chart the trajectory of its upward thrust, the ebook shifts from analyzing China's nationwide pursuits to exploring its nationwide aesthetic. instead of answering the traditional social technology query "what is China?" with information of financial and armed forces energy, this booklet asks "when, the place, and who's China?" to discover the tender energy dynamics of China's id politics.

China: The Pessoptimist Nation examines Beijing's propaganda method and its patriotic schooling coverage to determine how chinese language id is shaped via a party of old civilization and a commemoration of humiliation suffered in glossy heritage. It exhibits how China's courting with itself and the realm takes form within the pessoptimist dynamics of patriotic schooling coverage and the nationwide humiliation curriculum, nationwide days and nationwide humiliation days, nationwide maps and nationwide humiliation maps, international brothers and family strangers, and chinese language patriots and international devils. jointly the chapters display how the id politics of chinese language nationalism produce the protection politics of chinese language international coverage. They exhibit how the pessoptimist hyperlink among China's dream of civilization and its nightmare of humiliation isn't really fading away. It offers the template of China's international kin that inflames renowned emotions for destiny demonstrations, and primes the angry early life for explosive protests.

Callahan concludes that chinese language id grows out of a dynamic of reciprocal impact that integrates reputable coverage and pop culture. This interactive view of China's pessoptimist id implies that we have to reconsider the position of the country and public opinion in Beijing's international policy-making.

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National humiliation thus is one of the few discourses to transcend the communist/nationalist ideological divide. ”50 Beijing’s current positive/negative patriotic education campaign is so successful because it builds on a structure of feeling that actually precedes this particular propaganda policy, and predates the PRC. This mix of entitlement and righteous rage continues to be very strong in China because it draws on self-understandings that are both very ancient and very modern. Chinese identity emerges through a curious combination of modern victimization and ancient civilization.

Introduction: Soft Power, Pessoptimism, and the Rise of China Conversations with Chinese students confirm that national humiliation, with its list of foreign aggressors and domestic traitors, is now the commonsense way of understanding China’s modern history, and thus sets the paradigm for contentious international politics. But it would be a mistake to conclude that patriotic education is merely propaganda that is instrumentally used by the party elite to manipulate the people. 48 It is a recurring theme in both pre-1949 Republican writings and post-1949 Taiwanese discourses.

We’re ruled by effete arseholes. What does that make us? ”82 It is common for Chinese critics to vent their anger not just at foreigners, but also at Chinese leaders (and other “traitors”) for being weak in the face of foreign provocation. The most important thing to understand about China’s pessoptimism is that it is fundamentally unstable, producing shifting feelings, which at any time can spill over into mass movements that target domestic critics, foreigners, and even the party-state itself.

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