The ‘war’ on Chinese culture is not just about the Dalai Lama.
It is a campaign of cultural genocide.
In fact, there is no such thing as a Chinese culture.
And yet, in the words of a Chinese poet, there are people who “know Chinese” who are “in a state of complete confusion about the meaning of life”.
And while the government in Beijing has been quick to deny the accusations, the evidence seems to point to this being the case.
In March, the National Human Rights Commission published a report detailing a “culture war” that targeted the Chinese diaspora.
The commission found that “the government has systematically discriminated against and destroyed cultural identity”.
It also highlighted the widespread practice of “ethnic cleansing” in China, including of people of “Chinese origin” who had converted to Buddhism.
The report called for a halt to “ethnic and cultural cleansing”.
The National Human Resource Development Commission has said it is looking into the claims.
This is not the first time that Chinese leaders have claimed that Chinese culture and history is “in chaos”.
In the early 1970s, Deng Xiaoping declared a Cultural Revolution in which Chinese were forced to renounce their ethnic identity.
The government claimed that this “came about by an act of God”, with the result that Chinese had to “exclude themselves from the whole world”.
He said that the Chinese people had “never been able to establish a culture of their own, so they had to invent one from scratch”.
The government said that this new Chinese culture would be based on “scientific facts”, and that Chinese people would be “cultured” by a “scientific method”.
The CCP’s Cultural Revolution began in 1976, with Deng Xiaop’s anti-colonial and anti-imperialist policies, and the forced conversion of thousands of Chinese to Marxism-Leninism.
China has now experienced more than three decades of cultural and political change since Deng’s Cultural Revolutionary era.
The current CCP leadership has claimed that the new Chinese “cultures” are “culturally pure”, while the West sees the Chinese “culture” as “culturally corrupted”.
A new Cultural Revolution was officially declared in 2017.
The Chinese government has even gone as far as to state that it wants to “destroy” Chinese cultural heritage.
The country’s leaders have even claimed that their goal is to “redefine the concept of culture in terms of the idea of the nation-state”.
But is this a true goal?
This article was originally published on China Real Time.