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China rewrites the history of Hong Kong to make students more patriotic

Added 02-24-21 08:35:02pm EST - “"promoting a specific narrative, designed to reinforce the Chinese Communist Party's tightening rule"” - Hotair.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “China rewrites the history of Hong Kong to make students more patriotic”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China is not only demanding patriotism from Hong Kong’s elected leaders it’s demanding the same from primary school students. How exactly do you make kids more fond of the Chinese Communist Party? You roll out new guidelines designed to ensure they get a one-sided account of history:

Students, the guidelines said, should develop “a sense of belonging to the country, an affection for the Chinese people, a sense of national identity, as well as an awareness of and a sense of responsibility for safeguarding national security.”…

When mass antigovernment protests swept the city in 2019, pro-Beijing officials blamed the education system for promoting liberal values and radicalizing Hong Kong. Determined to avoid a repeat, they are now aggressively promoting a specific narrative, designed to reinforce the Chinese Communist Party’s tightening rule over the former British colony…

This is straight out of Orwell’s 1984. China is producing a new set of history textbooks which revise things where deemed appropriate:

In some cases, the government has moved to literally rewrite history. It is backing the creation of a 66-volume set of “Hong Kong Chronicles,” which is projected to cost $100 million and promises a “comprehensive, systematic and objective” record of the city’s last 7,000 years. In official yearbooks that summarize the government’s achievements, references to past cooperation with Western countries — which had been reprinted without change for decades — have disappeared…

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