I've heard "Han" too can be like an umbrella term as broad as "American" or "European." There was that American polyglot (RIP) who would speak multiple Chinese dialectics and surprise people from Fujian by speaking in Fujianese, and it's shocking to Fujianese speakers because a lot of Chinese people apparently don't understand Fujianese. I don't know much about China, but the differences between provinces seem much greater than between states in the United States.
I've also read people who live in China on other forums who are not communists and don't necessarily like everything about the government, and they will say it's an authoritarian system. That's not a joke. There are some topics you don't talk about publicly full stop. But I've talked to people who have been to Xinjiang and they say there's nothing special going on there – it's a huge tourist destination. The idea that the government singles out Muslims is also ridiculous to them, because the party has never seemed to care what religion people have individually, and pretty much treats everyone the same. The Chinese government does care about organizations with leadership that can sway opinion or groupthink that might suddenly run to some political position. I read one comment from a Jewish guy who lives there (so the Holocaust comparisons rankle) that the modern Turkish state is more repressive than China, and foreign media is projecting its identity-based culture / history of persecution onto China.
How many of these streamers talk about Turkey and Erdogan?
I post videos sometimes of government media from China, not CGTN, and party morale-boosting music videos, and it's fun and surreal to me because it has this uplifting music that you would expect in a communist country, and I enjoy that, but it can be in-your-face in terms of the propaganda. It's very Soviet actually and features youth pioneers with trumpets and it's happening right now, so I'm completely fascinated. They're not libs over there, and I can see how the images in this would be scary to a liberal. But anything that isn't liberal to a lib is "fascist" or Orwellian, because a lib sees themselves as standing at a distance and observing a social totality from a remove.
I wouldn't totally buy all the official optimism here, but there's something to be said for the propaganda being overt like this. In the U.S., you'll hear these liberal streamers say absolutely psychotic stuff about Korea and Vietnam where they're "dabbing" on millions of corpses, people murdered by fascists, and they don't even realize what they're doing because they've been brainwashed, and they don't even know it, and to contrast the two things is interesting to me, like holding up a mirror.
Liberalism has depended on this hegemony where "human rights" and "freedom" and all these loaded ideological terms are also used to reproduce the system's superstructure, but these terms have been defined in a western way by the west, so anyone who doesn't get with the U.S. agenda is "violating human rights." But I think this is also entering into a serious crisis because the U.S. isn't as a strong as it used to be, although it is strong, and the internet has changed communication which is why we're all talking to each other about this in a critical way.>>157205
A lot of material from China doesn't get translated too, and most of us don't speak the language.