Relating to the lecture last Thursday is an interesting article about how the Chinese Communist Party have used a “Patriotic Education Campaign” since 1991 to reinforce a modern historical consciousness among Chinese citizens which mainly focuses on the “One hundred years of humiliation” from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. In this period China was engulfed due to imperialist motives of trade and colonial expansion. This article also investigates the effect this educational campaign had on political transition, foreign relations and the formation on national identity. Overall the conclusion of the article is that whilst theories and literature studying China reveal aspects to understand the country’s political transition and foreign affairs behaviour, a full enlightenment of changes and development within these tends can only be understood through study of national historical identity and memory.
Link: http://www.cctr.ust.hk/materials/library/isq_Zheng_Wang_12-08.pdf by Zheng Wang