Take the little quiz below, and find out what kind of Chinese you are (politically). The questions and answers give great insight into the common points of conflict that divide the “left” and the “right” amongst Chinese.
This comes to us from MITBBS, a US-based chatboard popular with many overseas mainland Chinese.
First, an explanation of the unique terminology used… these are more commonly used at MITBBS than the ones used at Tianya discussed earlier:
- Old General (老将) – these are the “rightists”, critics of the Communist Party and pessimistic about modern China. They are called “old” for the stereotype is that many have been here for decades, perhaps since Tiananmen ’89, and unfamiliar with modern China.
- Young General (小将) – these are the “leftists”, supporters of Communist Party policy (but not necessarily the Party itself), and optimistic of China’s future. They are called “young” for the stereotype that they’re young, misled, and not familiar with the depth of corruption in China.
These are only rough labels, and stereotypes often don’t fit. Many of the old generals are recent arrivals, and many of the young generals have been in the West for decades. And the vast majority of mainland Chinese are moderates somewhere in between.
Enough said, onto the survey:
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MITBBS – Old, Middle, Young General Political Position Quiz
I – Political position quiz (total of 14 questions, and each answer has a point value. Add together the points for the answers that you’ve selected.)
1. How do you see the Communist Party?
A: The Chinese Communist Party is where China’s hope lies. Without the Communist Party, we wouldn’t have the accomplishments that we can claim today. (+3)
B: Some things could be better, but its role in China can’t be replaced at the present. I support the Communist Party. (+1)
C: Communist Party’s governance really does have numerous problems; some are being fixed, but for now at least others are not. (+0)
D: The Communist Party’s long history of single-party rule and other historical burdens means it can never make fundamental changes; therefore, political reform in China is unlikely to make progress. (-1)
E: The Communist Party is a cruel, inhumane mob that rules through violence; fighting the Communist Party is the best way of loving our country. (-3)
2. How do you see the Chinese government?
A: It’s a glorious government that has helped the Chinese people defeat numerous obstacles. (+3)
B: Some things are done poorly, but things are changing, and we should look forward. (+1)
C: A government that’s in the process of adopting very slow changes, but no one is clear on where these changes will ultimately lead. (0)
D: It’s many past mistakes are so deeply ingrained, I don’t have too much hope. (-1)
E: It’s similar to the Third Reich or the Khmer Rouge, one of the bloodiest governments in human history. (-3)
3. How would you evaluate the government’s method of using force to repress the 6/4 incident?
A: Absolutely the right thing. Those violent rioters should be killed, seeing them killed pleases me. (+3)
B: After seeing the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, although perhaps the exact methods were overly violent, it was still the right decision. (+1)
C: The riots of course had to be stopped, but they could have used gentler methods. (+0)
D: Regardless of the situation, using military force on students and average civilians is simply a mistake. (-1)
E: The 64 Massacre is a crime against humanity that can never be forgiven. (-3)
4. How would you evaluate the government and students role in 6/4?
A: These so-called students were violent rioters egged on by Western anti-China forces. There is nothing wrong with their deaths. (+3)
B: The government and students all made mistakes. Some of the irrational decisions made by the students led to an unmanageable situation, they made the bigger mistake. (+1)
C: Very difficult to say. It’s a tragedy that we should try to put behind us. (+0)
D: The government and students all made mistakes. The government’s self-contradictory actions led to an unmanageable situation, and they made the bigger mistake. (-1)
E: The Chinese government was a butcher; one day, this blood debt will be repaid with blood. (-3)
5. How would you evaluate Mao Zedong?
A: Savior of the Chinese people, the greatest person in Chinese history. (+3)
B: Like Deng Xiaoping said, he had accomplishments and mistakes, but the accomplishments out-weigh his mistakes. (+1)
C: The final judgment of Mao Zedong isn’t something we can make right now; we’ll have to wait for history to decide. (+0)
D: Mao Zedong made many mistakes, and the deep impact they had on Chinese society far outweighs his contributions. (-1)
E: Violent emperor, the shame of all Chinese. (-3)
6. How do you perceive the United States of America?
A: Evil empire, and one day it’ll be eliminated from Earth. (+3)
B: America is a strong country, but I don’t have too many good feelings towards it; many of its glories are fake and inflated. (+1)
C: Discarding all ideologies, there are many things we can learn from the United States. At least China and the United States shouldn’t be directly opposed to each other. (+0)
D: Although the United States has some problems, it’s still a great nation. (-1)
E: Democracy’s beacon, and the dedicated enemy of all dictators. America represents the hope of the Chinese people. (-3)
7. What do you think US foreign policy is?
A: The United States’ primary foreign policy objective is subverting China.
B: At heart, US foreign policy is motivated by its own interests. The values it claims to export aren’t what they appear to be. (+1)
C: Although it’s partly motivated by its own interests (at times in a very ugly way), but it still plays a role in defending universal liberal values. (+0)
D: Its primary goal is to maintain global balance and push forward democracy worldwide; in the process, it benefits its own interests. (-1)
E: It pushes forward universal liberal values, and opposes all dictators. (-3)
8. How do you see the Taiwan problem?
A: The Taiwanese are race traitors who’ve turned their back on their ancestors. We should use nuclear weapons in Taiwan; one country can not be divided by two systems. (+3)
B: If we have to fight we have to fight, at the very least, we can fight them onto the negotiation table. (+1)
C: We must reunify with Taiwan, but I hope we can do it peacefully. (+0)
D: We should respect the choice of the Taiwanese; after all, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China have equivalent stature. (-1)
E: Taiwan is the pride of all Chinese; hopefully Taiwan can reunify China as a democracy. (-3)
9. How do you see the democracy question, when it comes to China?
A: So-called democracy and freedom is really a tool used by anti-China forces in the West. People don’t need so-called democracy; centralized, collective rule is more effective. (+3)
B: We need democracy, but right now China isn’t ready for universal suffrage/elections. Besides, China is already pretty democratic. (+1)
C: From a long term view, the Chinese people needs democracy to restrain the governments’ power. But this is an issue for the Chinese people, and has nothing to do with the West. (+0)
D: Of course China needs democracy; otherwise, we will never integrate with the world. (-1)
E: We hope the United States can overthrow the violent Communist regime, and return power to the people. (-3)
10. How do you perceive the speech and reporting done by the Southern Metropolis media group?
(editor’s note: Crusading newspaper + magazine in Guangzhou that both critics and supporters are willing to call China’s CNN, but for very different reasons. Accused of being overly critical in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake)
A: Southern Metropolis has completely become race-traitors, a tool in the hands of anti-Chinese forces. It should be suppressed harshly. (+3)
B: Brain-dead speech and arguments, but they have the right to speak. (+1)
C: Nothing wrong with what they’re saying, but the timing isn’t appropriate. (+0)
D: I believe there’s nothing wrong with any of their content or reporting style. (-1)
E: In this environment of heavy suppression from above, a media outlet that only dares to touch sensitive subjects, is still being assaulted by some people. (-3)
11. How do you see the Carrefour boycott?
A: We should boycott. We should burn down all of the Carrefour stories, and kick them out of China. (+3)
B: We should rationally boycott, force them to voluntarily withdraw from the Chinese market. In the long run, the losses of Chinese suppliers will be made up elsewhere. (+1)
C: Hard to say; a boycott itself isn’t very rationally, but it really has let the world hear the voice of the Chinese people. (+0)
D: A boycott is far too extreme. The only ones who suffer are Carrefour’s Chinese vendors. (-1)
E: Brain-dead action. Our priority now shouldn’t be boycotting Japanese or French goods, but rather “idiotic” goods (editor’s note: referring to nationalism). (-3)
12: How do you see the role of international rescue squads in the Sichuan earthquake?
A: We shouldn’t have let them come. Letting foreigners deep into the heart of our military establishment is a crime. (+3)
B: After they finally came, they weren’t very useful; just a foreign policy move. (+1)
C: The current solution is the best way: open up the roads, and then let them come in and help. (+0)
D: we should invite their help; we shouldn’t let even one life slip away. (-1)
E: The Chinese governments decision to resist outside assistance in the early days, means they squandered the peoples’ lives. (-3)
13. How do you see the proposed “nationalization” of the military?
(editor’s note: The People’s Liberation Army is currently under the direct control and leadership of the Communist Party; some have discussed making it a non-political force that serves a “civilian” government directly. Similar to Taiwan’s situation up until a few years ago.)
A: Those calling for this have other motives; the Party’s absolute leadership over the military is the core root of China growing stronger. (+3)
B: I don’t think this is a big deal, no potential for chaos anyways. (+1)
C: It’s a good idea in theory, but the conditions for this aren’t quite ripe. (+0)
D: I support the nationalization of the military; no political party should have its own armed forces. (-1)
E: Should have done this long ago. The Communist Party’s iron-grip on the military is a clear indication of its bloody nature. (-3)
14. How do you see the Cultural Revolution?
A: The Cultural Revolution was great; some of those rightists needed to be confronted. Really, too few were killed. (+3)
B: The Cultural Revolution had some wrong parts, but also had some right parts. At least Chairman Mao’s original intention for the movement was positive. (+1)
C: We’ll have to let history decide; we don’t know enough right now. (+0)
D: The Cultural Revolution was of course wrong; didn’t Deng Xiaoping already reject it? China will never have another Cultural Revolution. (-1)
E: The damage left by the Cultural Revolution runs deep and far. Just like Germans collectively considered and faced up to their guilt under the Nazi Regime, all Chinese should do the same with their roles. (-3)
II. Point adjustments (please multiply the appropriate value to the sum total from the first section)
1. What kind of labels have been attached to you (during online discussions)?
A: Basically everyone accuses me of posting for money. (Multiply your score by 1.2)
B. I’ve been labeled with all sorts of strange and conflicting labels: 50-cent, race traitor, wheelie, panda-licker. (Multiply your score by 1.05)
C: I’m very low-key, no one has ever labeled me. (Multiply your score by 1)
2. How do you see those who disagree with you?
A: They’re race traitors / they’re defending a violent regime, all of them should die. (Multiply your score by 1.1)
B: They’re brain-challenged, I really don’t know what they’re thinking. (Multiply your score by 1.05)
C: We have different perspectives, but I can discuss issues with some in their group. (Multiply your score by 1)
D: I disagree with their arguments, but I will defend their right to speak them. (Multiply your score by 0.9)
So, what kind of political Chinese are you?