Those of you dissatisfied with the selection of comedies at the DVD store or the multiplex may find sweet relief in an old standby — state-run media. The People’s Daily a few days ago ran an editorial in which it offered a "re-enunciation" of all China can do for the world. The thesis is essentially: Chinese culture can save the world. There’s no point in deconstructing the editorial bit-by-bit as the piece really speaks for itself. But here are a few salient quotes:
On the Western culture: "Hence, in a sense, complex problems of the world in existence have much to do with deficiencies of Western Culture."
On Chinese media: "In contrast [to Western media], Chinese media always present things overseas objectively and positively to its readerships in its world coverage."
On Chinese culture: "Moreover, the Chinese culture is open to the outside world instead of being sealed off, magnanimous but not exclusive."
This comes nearly one month after the People’s Daily ran an editorial on the "China Spirit" which details the ways in which Chinese heroism, foresight, constancy, etc, have righted China’s economic ship. The "China Spirit" was a small masterpiece of unintentional comedy and is worth the investment of a few minutes to read it in its entirety. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got no problem with some writer/pundit/professor expressing their patriotic views in print. After all, isn’t that what a free press is for in the first place?