Believe it or not, there is a small minority of Chinese nationals who actually felt that the hospital drama queen was unfairly treated. They felt that she had been disrespected because she is a Chinese national and our IO had used leading questions to get her to admit her guilt when she had the right not to talk about her offence. Try that with the police in China. Fortunately, their numbers are too small to matter. But like I’ve said before, we mustn’t underestimate the power of the unreasonable minority. It only took 12 million Red Guards to hold 800 million Chinese people captive. Thankfully, so far, the overwhelming majority of Chinese nationals on YouTube are showing strong disapproval of Miss Han’s behaviour.
The conclusion that we’re inclined to draw from the mood on social media is that typical Chinese nationals are nothing like Miss Han Feizi. That may be true but the fact remains that if you find a cockroach in the house, there are likely to be more yet to be found. Believe it or not, the kind of mentality shown by Miss Han does spread through all strata of Chinese society. It’s just manifested in different ways. Watch the following video and you’ll know what I mean.
The school is located in the first tier city of Shenzhen. This video was uploaded on Weibo. As you may be able to tell, this teacher recorded it on her own mobile phone and uploaded the video on her own social media herself just like Miss Han. The whole episode was staged. She must have also prepared the script beforehand and asked her helpless students a leading question so she could entrap them and give them a boisterous lesson on patriotism. Seriously I pity the kids. What’s her game? Pretty obvious isn’t it? She was all out to gain views and followers on social media. Who doesn’t envy the 挖呀挖呀挖老师? Good job. Well done. This Shenzhen teacher must have expected praises from netizens and indeed she was praised at first … until someone noticed the buckle of the belt our fashionista Shenzhen teacher was wearing.
Oops. The tide quickly turned against her and she hastily removed that video. What a pity. It could have been her ticket to fame and fortune. Of course, there were many misleading and downright toxic statements in the teacher’s nationalistic tirade against Japan. I won’t dissect the teacher’s lesson to point out the mistakes and false claims, but the most ridiculous claim was that Japanese invaders killed 35 million Chinese people. That actually sounds more like the body count of Mao’s disastrous policies. Many people alive today still remember having parents who got killed during the Cultural Revolution. Who are their sworn enemies? Who are they going to hate? So is Miss Han Feizi’s behaviour and mentality typical of the average individual from China? The answer is yes and no.