The Paradox of the “Chinese Dream”

emi2_english-sina-comThe idea of a “Chinese Dream” seems contradictory since China is a country that has long defined its interests in collective terms. The country’s primary importance was always the community above the individual and a dream is a “solo act”, which will pay off for one person, not necessarily the greater good.

Try as you might, you can’t compel your neighbor to conjure up the reverie that you envision. And therein lies the latent, uncertain energy in the concept of the “Chinese Dream.” — Evan Osnos

This new motto of Chinese politics, which was introduced by President Xi Jinping, is an attempt to modernize the Communist Party and bend for the wants and wishes of its individual people. However, can China truly adapt and change its ideologies after so many years?

Sharron Lovell’s excellent and well-presented documentary  follows young men and women, who are in search of this “Chinese Dream”. “A migrant worker from Henan who says of his austere life in the capital: “In Beijing, all I have is this bed.” A farmer’s daughter who is determined to find the “space to imagine freely.” And, an idealistic student who wants nothing more than to “truly improve the lives of ordinary Chinese people.”’ (Evan Osnos about the documentary)


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