Sorry if I'm bothering you but can you share why you think avatar is bad?
hoo boy man ur asking for a lot bc that show is a complete and utter M E S S. first, heres the main phrase my tibetan ass wants u to think about: its a show using asian/indigenous ppl and their devastating histories made by ignorant weeaboo white men. I want to write about it in detail bc i’ve always wanted to say something about this but never rly got around to doing it. maybe ill send this in letter format to the writers lol. anyways im going to split this up into parts. I’ll put a readmore bc its kinda long
“When we returned to Peking…we entered a dramatic and colorful world that had become
a political festival of the masses….[T]he campus was almost deserted after ten o‘clock in
the morning as students and teachers disappeared into their intense study sessions,
organizational meetings, and perusal of Cultural Revolution editorials and documents.
Everywhere on the walls of buildings, thousands of big-character posters stared out at us.
We were now to live amid a sea of language, a lively world of large blue, red, and yellow
And it was not only the students who participated in this orgy of writing and reading.
Shop clerks, workers, office employees, and bus drivers somehow carried on their work
while following the same basic routine as the students. It was a most impressive sight—
the population of a country which only twenty years before had been 80 per cent illiterate
conducting a national debate through the written word…The formidable organization of
the Chinese Communist Party, built up methodically over the decades, had been suddenly
overturned and replaced by a communications and organizational network which
embraced millions of ordinary citizens in a decision-making apparatus of their own. In
the evenings, thousands of mass meetings occurred simultaneously throughout the
capital. There the latest political developments were discussed, analyzed, and acted
Nancy and David Milton,The Wind Will Not Subside: Years in Revolutionary China—1964-1969, 1976, p. 148.
Why is the Chinese government so determined to eliminate Falun Gong? And is there a similar campaign against other forms of qigong?
No they don’t oppose qigong, just the religion because it has political connotations, though interestingly enough they actually supported it at first. Qigong is practiced by many Chinese religions or even secular Chinese, Falun Gong just subscribes a religious element to it which the PRC doesn’t like
Its a little hard to tell because the Chinese goverment is so riddle with propaganda and outright lies, that when they might actually be telling the truth, its hard to tell because they use the same tone they use for everything else. Basically there are three possible reasons that the CCP wants to wipe out Falun Gong.
Reason one is the reason they state, that Falun Gong is a dangerous cult that does harmful awful things.
Reason two is that as an independent religion with ideals taht threaten the govermetn
Reason three is that the persecution of Falun Gong provided an excellent opportunity for the then leader of China Jiang Zemin to radically increase his power and generally increase the power of the Chinese security state.
I’d say that reason 3 is certainly true, reason 2 is likely true, and reason 1 might be true. Its possible that Falun Gong was up to some shady shit, but if so the CCP primarily cared about it as an excuse to expand their power/crank down on possibly subversive elements more so than any actual policies.
Lets talk about Jiang Zemin for a second, the guy who took over just in time for…the Tienanmen Square Massacre whoops. A time where it really did look like China was going to go the way of the Soviet Union, and discontent with the regime was the highest it had been since the cultural revolution, it really did look like the CCP might go the way of the Leninists. Massive economic growth was able to keep any revolution in check, but that growth was producing its own problems, mostly systemic inequality, massive corruption, and goverment incompetence on a scale that makes you appreciate the US house of representatives. Discontentment with the goverment, never really silenced after the massacre, started to grow again, and it wasn’t clear if China could afford another massacre. And then comes the threat of Falun Gong, large enough to be seen as scary, not large enough to defend itself. And the crusade against Falun Gong lead to the establishment of a much more expansive and powerful secret police system in China, and many new offices who got to monitor their citizens, like the 610 office/Central Leading Group on Dealing with Heretical Religions. While the persecution really started to be noticed in the west in 1999, it got started in late 1996/early 1997. The security state expanded and the PRC was able to pass through the really critical period of gaining western acceptance. If some massive social disruption happened in the late 90s or early 2000s, its likely that would have prevented China from becoming a major partner on the international stage, or join these global trading deals, or becoming the close friend of so many corporations, the maxim of Jiangs regime was “Stability at any cost” And the persecution of Falun Gong provided that.
One of the quirks of China is that as scary and intimidating as they seem, their military is actually only their 2nd biggest expense, the greatest amount of money goes into “Internal security forces” aka paramilitary units within China to keep domestic unrest in check. This is larger than the actual army. China despite how much money they put into saying “Look how stable we are, this is the most stable country in the world, we have no long running deeply troubling internal problems threatening to tear the country apart.” is kind of a powder keg, and their number one priority is keeping their people from rebelling.
Reason number 2 is also quite likely, the CCP doesn’t like religion at all, and Falun Gong is particularity dangerous because it has a central authority which isn’t directly loyal to the regmine, and in the late 90s was taking on an international flavor. Look at how the CCP deals with the Catholic Church or international Buddhist faiths, they hate any organization which they do not have direct ownership too, and the possibility of Falun Gong becoming a major international organized religion which could wield its own degree of power much have scared them. I mean it had 100 million practitioners in 1999, of whom 70 million were full members, to the highly atheist party leadership that must have been scary. Falun Gong now is really anti communist though it is not clear if it was before the late 90s, the PRC claims it was but the PRC isn’t exactly an unbiased source on this matter.
Finally its possible that the religion was abusing its power and doing some nasty stuff. The stuff like corrupt, child abuse, and rape are coming from incredibly bias sources so I can’t say, but they are very conservative on issues of race, homosexuality, gender roles, and tend to have a lot of pseudo science views. Now I want to make it clear, a religion having batty views does not justify torture, beating, persecution, murder and forced organ harvesting. Its just possible that at least some of the PRC actually just didn’t like the religion.
Its one of those questions which can only really be answered once the goverment records of the PRC are opened up which is only going to happen via reform or the CCP being replaced.
Good question by the way
Edit: I realize this question makes me sound like a rightist so I just want to make that clear….no