fredag 5. mai 2017

Bao Tong: 'Is The People's Republic of China Your Homeland?

Throughout the 20th century, the meanings of "country," "patriotism" and "nationalism," whether spoken by fascists or Leninists, have been more elusive than the contents of a gourd, and have had little in the way of positive impact. Slogans like "justice/peace/the people will prevail" are clearly interchangeable and equivalent expressions to that of "the country/nation," and even harder to get a handle on. As for me, of course I have a homeland, in the same way that I have a hometown. For me, the two terms mean the same thing; they refer to a piece of territory about which I have some feeling, feeling that has nothing to do with political power, and which is unaffected by time. Read more