An interesting report on rising nationalist sentiments in China, especially among younger people, was heard today on the Radio 4 Today show. A small sample gives the flavour:
It is the sound of China’s stirring underground. Li Xin and his group Ordinance are at the radical edge of Chinese music. Their latest album, Rock City, has been banned from the airwaves.
The lyrics criticise the government, they tell of democracy, corruption. They say: “Taiwan is ours, Tibet is ours. Compromising with the United States and Japan is a disgrace”.
“Our lyrics are aimed at our government,” says Li Xin.
The piece is written from a perspective of ‘western’ anxiety about these developments, but the phenomenon is none the less real and interesting. For more go to:
On the same page you can find a video clip link in which: “Action hero Jackie Chan has appeared in a TV campaign to boost feelings of Chinese nationalism in Hong Kong.”