What really makes the video clip viral isn’t that a Chinese woman was gang raped by Japanese soldiers, but what happened after (or, to be more exact, during) the rape. It’s the kind of nationalism that even most Chinese find absurd and annoying.
The year of 2012, probably due to the never-ending island dispute between China and Japan, has been a particularly fruitful year for TV dramas with anti-Japan themes. Some 700 million “Japanese soldiers” died at Hengdian World Studios last year. That’s enough corpses to circulate the earth 3 times.
Political dynasties aren’t new in the history of East Asia, but this is probably the first time in modern history when these four countries all follow father-son/daughter leadership at the same time. The Chinese netizens call it an era of Pin Die, a competition of family background.
While many anti-Japan protesters are turning the streets in China into battlefields by tearing down every Japanese car or store in sight, some others are thinking about a more serious question – who should be sent to the front line should China declare war against Japan over Diaoyu Islands?
While the Japanese embassy reminds silent on Weibo amid heated dispute between China and Japan over Diaoyu Islands, Japanese porn star Sora Aoi has made her efforts in easing the tension between the two countries.
More telling than waves of anti-Japan protests and discussions of patriotism is a poll started on Sina Weibo. The question is “If your kid is born on Diaoyu Islands, which citizenship would you choose for her?”
A long post explaining the journey of how a patriot-used-to-be grows into a patriot-no-more got viral on Sina Weibo and stirred up heated debates about the need and the right way to be patriot in a country like China.