Week 13-2 Nationalism (3)

Week 13-2 Nationalism (3) - Three Aspects of Pragmatic...

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Instrumentality Pragmatic nationalism in post-Mao China was in response to a legitimacy crisis of the communist regime. Sanxin weiji ( “三信”危机 three spiritual/ideological crises) A crisis of faith in socialism A crisis of belief in Marxism A crisis of trust in the Party The Tiananmen Incident in 1989 and the urgent need of political indoctrination Nationalism as bedrock of political belief Three Aspects of Pragmatic Nationalism
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Instrumentality (cont.) Nationalism or Patriotism The The CCP leaders never officially endorsed nationalism. Nationalism is politically risky while patriotism refers to love and support for China, which is indistinguishable from the Chinese state and the CCP. The reality of a multinational state 92% of population Han Chinese 8% of population non-Han Chinese (55 ethnic minorities) The total area of the minority nationalities is 64% of China’s territory. Nationalism is a less acceptable term because it may arouse
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