We all know how terrified the Chinese government is when it comes to new ideas (thus forbidding its citizens to see the blog you are reading now). Any sign of nonconformity is labelled “unharmonious” and results in harrassment, imprisonment or quarantine.
Thanks to China’s ultra-slick PR makeover, it’s easy to be deceived. “China is changing” the TV’s shout out to us, but on closer examination this claim rings somewhat hollow. For a good snapshot of how the Communist leadership continues its assault on free thinking, this article from today’s Washington Post is a great place start. There really are thought police out there.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.