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Chinese Netizens React: What is Patriotism?

Categories: East Asia, China, Citizen Media, Humor, Media & Journalism

In the wake of the National Holidays, China's state media CCTV interviewed people on the streets and asked: “what is patriotism?”. You can imagine the huge gap in response between young and old (or conservative versus liberal). Offbeat China has translated [1] some comments online and the discussion continues there, begging the question of just what is Patriotism to the average person? To some it's nationalism, to some it's progressivism, and to some it's an opportunity to take a sarcastic jab at the powers that be, one netizen said [1]:

To be a patriot is to immigrate to reduce the country’s burden.