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On China’s State-Sponsored Amnesia
New York Times ^ | April 1, 2013 | Yan Lianke

Posted on 04/03/2013 4:55:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway

IN March 2012 I met Torbjorn Loden, the Swedish professor of Chinese language and culture, in Hong Kong. He told me that while briefly teaching at Hong Kong’s City University he asked the 40 students from China in his class what they knew about the June 4 Incident, the pro-democracy movement that ended in bloodshed in 1989, and if they were familiar with the names Liu Binyan and Fang Lizhi, two prominent democracy advocates of that era. All the students from China looked around at one another, mute and puzzled.

That reminded me of something another teacher told me. She had asked her students from China if they had heard about the death by starvation of 30 to 40 million people during the so-called “three years of natural disasters” in the early 1960s. Her students responded with stunned silence, as if she, a teacher in Hong Kong, was brazenly fabricating history to attack their mother country.

After we exchanged these stories, Professor Loden and I sat sullenly in a quiet Vietnamese café, speechless. Ever since, thoughts about the loss of memory in China on a national scale, a phenomenon that people have long been discussing but only in private, remain lodged in my heart like thorns. From time to time, guilt — along with painful memories of the past and thoughts about losing the memories — torment me and refuse to leave me alone.

Have today’s 20- and 30-year-olds become the amnesic generation? Who has made them forget? By what means were they made to forget? Are we members of the older generation who still remember the past responsible for the younger generation’s amnesia?

The amnesia I’m talking about is the act of deleting memories rather than merely a natural process of forgetting.

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1 posted on 04/03/2013 4:55:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The amnesia I’m talking about is the act of deleting memories rather than merely a natural process of forgetting.


Isn’t that what are public schools are doing here? The Founding Fathers, Republican President Abraham Lincoln, Core curriculum?


2 posted on 04/03/2013 5:01:17 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: nickcarraway

The real-life memory hole. Orwell sure wasn’t joking, was he. Those that control the past control the future . . . for as long as God lets them maintain control, that is.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 5:07:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

The same thing is true in this country concerning 9-11 and other events. And there wasn’t a news black out!!! How quickly we forget.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 5:08:17 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: nickcarraway

Socialists use the novel “1984” as if it were an instruction manual.


5 posted on 04/03/2013 5:10:26 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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