The list of books and artists banned by the Chinese regime continues to grow. On Aug. 29, a media outlet reported that several schools received a new list of prohibited books sent to students’ parents. The list includes the works of the cartoonist Guo Jingxiong, the Taiwanese writer Lung Ying-tai and the writer Yi Zhongtian, among others.
These authors are well known for their artistic quality, commitment to truth, and convictions when expressing themselves in their works.
Yi Zhongtian, historian, writer, and professor at Xiamen University, became famous for his books on classical China, such as “Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms” and “Yi Zhongtian’s History of China.” Also, the television program “Lecture Room” broadcast by CCTV tells stories from the Three Kingdoms period about figures such as Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Sun Quan.
His way of telling the story apparently annoyed the authorities.
Lung Ying-tai, Taiwan’s First Minister of Culture in 2012, contributed her publications to the consolidation of democracy in her country. Author of more than 30 books, two of which, “The Great River and the Sea 1949” and “Please Use Civilization to Convince Me,” have been banned by the CCP for more than ten years.
Her support for Hong Kong in 2019 added more books to the blacklist, such as “Andre” and “Mirando.”
This time the regime’s censorship attacked her entire bibliography.
Guo Jinxiong, known as Daxiong, is a Chinese cartoonist whose art is recognized worldwide, especially in the world of comics and animation. He received several awards for his work, winning at the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (2008 China) and top honors at the 33rd Angouleme International Comics Festival. (2006 France).
A source said Danxiong was arrested in China in 2008 for his drawings in the book Nine Commentaries. The book deals with the history of the CCP and how its brutal methods led to the deaths of more than 80 million people. This book was the driving force behind the “Tuidang” movement and was responsible for raising more than 400 million quits from the CCP.
After settling in the U.S., Guo worked on the animation of the Canadian film “Eternal Spring,” an animated documentary that shows the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China and recounts the audacious intervention of a group of followers on state television to reveal the truth about practice.
Eternal Spring will represent Canada for the Oscar nomination in 2023.
Censorship in the genes of the CCP
The rise of the CCP to power in 1949 and the nationalization of all newspapers and magazines began the prohibition of political dissent and the restriction of religious publications. Those who read books not approved by the regime were criticized and punished by calling them people with ideological problems. The Cultural Revolution promoted by Mao in 1966 tightened the measures and banned all books except some Marxist books and Mao’s poems and quotes.
Soon chaos began. Along with the arrests, beatings, and public humiliation of those with “ideological problems,” and the destruction of cultural relics, huge piles of books appeared in the streets to be burned.
More than 30 years later, the image repeats itself.
When the Falun Gong spiritual discipline began to spread in 1992, no one thought that it would reach 100 million followers in just over seven years. Demand for teaching books skyrocketed, and Zhuan Falun, the book written by the discipline’s founder Master Li Hongzhi, reached record sales levels.
When the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners began in 1999, the authorities seized the books and dumped them in large piles on the streets, waiting to be burned or destroyed.
The Machine Inside
The CCP has used censorship, misinformation, and ideological indoctrination forever to stay in power and control its population.
A study published by Dan Blumenthal and Linda Zhang on AEI.org lists the various branches of the bureaucratic apparatus for this purpose:
- General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) drafts and enforces restriction regulations
- State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) controls radio, film, and television content broadcast in China
- Ministry Information Industry Office (MII) regulates Chinese telecommunications, software industries, and Internet-related services
- State Council Information Office (SCIO): promotes Chinese media in the world and is responsible for Internet censorship
- The Central Propaganda Department (CPD) monitors content.
- Ministry of Public Security (MPS) monitors, filters the Internet, punishes, and arrests those who speak
- The General Administration of Customs blocks books, videos, and other information China does not want within its borders.
- State Secrets Bureau (SSB) enforces state secret laws, which are often used to punish people who write undesirable content.
The first victims.
In recent years, ideological indoctrination has been reinforced in universities and colleges to maintain the ideal of single thinking according to the CCP’s guidelines.
As described by university students, the courses on Marxism, Maoism, and Socialism are more rigorous than in the past. Those who do not pass these subjects will not receive their graduation diploma. The glorification of the CCP in elementary schools continues as in the past. Teachers from the Jinggangshan district recount that more than 700 students from a single school organized to go to the city. The students wore Red Army uniforms, carried backpacks printed with a portrait of Mao Zedong, and shouted the slogan “Obey orders, obey commands” in unison. Then, they were educated about the revolution.