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Learn From Lei Feng: CCP Judicial Bureau Chief Collects Butts [New Tang Dynasty TV]

For show or for real?

Propaganda, public diplomacy or the genuine article?

The skeptics are out in  force as U.S. based New Tang Dynasty TV takes a critical look at the official “Learning from Lei Feng Day” after the Chongqing Judicial administration initiated an activity to “learn from Lei Feng”. Judicial Bureau Director Lin Yujun walked about 8 km in 2 hours, collecting half a bag of cigarette butts. Along with him were up to 10,000 staff from all levels of judicial bureaus joining in sweeping the streets and wiping railings.

Cyber writer Jing Chu: “This is an all too obvious ‘show’. The story of Lei Feng is a lie in itself. ‘Learning from Lei Feng’ is an openly fake action that absolutely disregards the truth.”

The clincher (see 1:21 onwards) to further justify the argument came from a Chongqing resident.  He noted that these staff were performing these activities during working hours (suggesting they were paid), “They were paid salaries to learn from Lei Feng. I feel this is awfully unacceptable.”


Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Government & Policy, Mapping Feelings, Nationalism, People, Public Diplomacy, Social, The Chinese Identity

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