Slogans that Probably Won’t Change China

Last week I posted about some of the important slogans in China’s political history. Even though people in China seem to have an uncanny ability to ignore them, they are still a daily feature of life and a means by which the government at all levels communicates.

Below are pictures of slogans that I have spotted around Beijing over the past few years. As much as the writers of the slogans would like them to, i doubt if any of these are having much of an impact — in other words, they are not likely to change China.

The Chaoyang District has had a long-running “civilization” campaign, trying to improve the manners and behavior of the residents. These are some of my favorite slogans associated with the campaign:

Everyone participates in building a civilized Chaoyang!

Everyone participates in building a civilized Chaoyang!

Speak civilized word; do civilized things; be a civilized person!

Speak civilized words; do civilized things; be a civilized person!

If you and I are a bit more civilized, life will be a bit more harmonious!

If you and I are a bit more civilized, life will be a bit more harmonious!

Hand in hand we will be civilized citizens; with hearts joined together we will build a civilized district!

Hand in hand we will be civilized citizens; with hearts joined together we will build a civilized district!

For my last 8 years in Beijing, I lived on the west side of town, near an urban village called Xi Bali Zhuang (West 8 Li Village). It was amazing to see this village survive the development all around it. The village was there long before Beijing spilled into the area, but as the city grew it became a village of migrant workers. I loved taking visitors for a walk through it so they could get a glimpse of village life without ever leaving the city. I always wondered how long it could hang on.

When I was in Beijing in August, the wondering was over. I took a stroll one evening and discovered slogans  all over the place announcing that it was going to be torn down. Everyone was to get out. These are a couple of the slogans I spotted:

We will carry out the policy according to the law; we will demolish according to the law!

We will carry out the policy according to the law; we will demolish according to the law!

The decision to demolish cannot be shaken; the policy to demolish will not be changed!

Unwavering in our decision to demolish; the policy to demolish will not be changed!

 

 

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  1. Jan and I took a group for a morning walk last summer. Looks like we may have walked through the demolition you mention.