Film students from the University of Southern California and Communication University of China pair up to create revealing documentaries. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the two universities.
Education or Brainwashing? Patriotism Classes and Hong Kong's Political Future
When Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, Beijing agreed that the former colony could maintain its autonomy and capitalist lifestyle. But with the passage of time, China and its supporters in Hong Kong have pushed to inculcate a greater sense of Chinese identity among the territory's 7.1 million people. A cornerstone of that effort has been a plan to introduce required "national education" courses in Hong Kong's schools. Many people saw the courses as little more than propaganda for the Chinese Communist Party. In September, opposition to the move produced a remarkable grassroots protest movement, rocking the government of newly-selected Chief Executive C. Y. Leung, and further polarizing Hong Kong's already tense political climate. Mike Chinoy was in Hong Kong at the time and produced this report.
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David Zweig examines the Hong Kong protests and their aftermath.
Join us in Shanghai as we explore the aims and concerns of this large and important generation.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Anne-Marie Brady from the University of Canterbury to discuss the trends in contemporary propaganda and thought work under the Jiang and Hu eras.