Tsinghua University is one of the most prominent universities in China. Current President Hu Jintao and former premier Zhu Rongji are both Tsinghua alumni. So it’s naturally intriguing to know what current Tsinghua students are like, since they are probably China’s future leaders. Daniel Bell, a Professor of Political Philosophy and Ethics at Tsinghua University in Beijing, provided an insider’s view today at The New York Times.
As tragic as the Sichuan earthquake has been, perhaps it can do some good by helping dispel a widespread myth: that the new generation of Chinese students are materialistic and selfish.
I’m hoping events can dispel another false impression: that young Chinese are xenophobic nationalists who cheer for their country, good or bad.
Readers may also want to check out another article by him at the Guardian last month.
China is far from perfect, but the west is demonising it just when the country is making the most progress
Daniel Bell is the author of East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia (2000), Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context (2006), and China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society (2008).