The Dream Of “Big Daddy Xi”
The concept of the Chinese Dream was first conceived by Chinese general secretary Jinxing Xi. Also called “Uncle Xi” or “Big Daddy Xi” by the Chinese, Jinxing Xi invited all members of the standing committee to the national museum for an exhibition called “The Road to Renaissance”. During their visit, Xi said “the Chinese Dream” was a dream of “national renaissance.”
After the end of the National Chinese People’s Congress, Xi elaborated the concept and emphasized that, ultimately, it is a dream for all the Chinese population.
What Is The Chinese Dream Really About?
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The Chinese Dream is described as achieving the “Two 100’s”. This means that, around 2020, China will become a “moderately well-off society”; and by 2049, China will stand as a fully developed nation. The plan entails a development in four specific points: a strong China, which emphasizes economic, political, diplomatic, scientific and military strength; a civilized China, which includes equity, cultural prosperity and high morals; a harmonious China, which has a balance among social classes; and a beautiful China, which promotes a healthy environment.
The plan entails a development in four specific points: a strong China, which emphasizes economic, political, diplomatic, scientific and military strength; a civilized China, which includes equity, cultural prosperity and high morals; a harmonious China, which seeks a balance among social classes; and a beautiful China, which promotes a healthy environment.”
The Astonishing Chinese Dragon: The Emerging Chinese Consciousness
At the national level, the Chinese Dream is a dream of national revitalization. The national renaissance is an aspiration for Chinese people to recover ancient China’s civilization and glorious history. Specifically, right before 1840, when the First Opium War between China and Britain, which unleashed China’s dark modern history.
On a personal level, the Chinese Dream refers to individual happiness. Every Chinese individual will achieve their dreams by working hard. The main objective is to associate the national dream with individual dreams, and make them benefit each other.
Since Xi said the Dream relates to all Chinese citizens, people added their own personal perspectives to it. In general, the Chinese Dream may sound as a vague slogan: it doesn’t mention how to achieve the Dream. However, it sets the path for the grand goal of China’s future development.
The Evolution Of The “Chinese Dream”
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For the last 30 years, Chinese individual dreams were basically material: from owning a bicycle to a television, fleeing the countryside to reside in the city.
There is an old saying called the “three major items” in China, which refers to watch, bicycle and radio. When the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was founded in 1949, owning these items was a sign of economic strength. Around the 1980s, the “three major items” became television, the washing machine and a refrigerator. During the 1990s, it became the air conditioner, the video tape recorder and the personal computer. The change in the “three major items” indicates the process in China’s economic reform. This also marked the evolution of people’s dreams.
Nowadays, the middle class not only pursues bigger houses or larger cars or luxury goods. Chinese citizens also demand freedom of speech, a healthy environment, and a richer spiritual world. A poll on Xinhuanet unveiled the top five things the Chinese are concerned about: real estate price, environmental pollution, corruption problems, poverty reduction, and the patterns of public spending on food and transport. Solving these problems will also improve the “Chinese dream” for common people.
Is The Chinese Dream Better Than The American Dream?
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Being called “Dreams,” Xi borrowed the name from the American Dream. His endorsement of the Chinese Dream, to some extent, shows a highlight on individuals’ rights, which is similar to that of the American Dream.
However, it is a dream that, although democratic to a degree, does not abandon the communist ideal. According to Xinhua News Agency, the official state media, the Dream asserts that all workers shall associate their own dreams with the national dream, and perform their responsibilities to the country.
However, it is a dream that, although democratic to a degree, does not abandon the communist ideal. According to Xinhua News Agency, the official state media, the Dream asserts that all workers shall associate their own dreams with the national dream, and perform their responsibilities to the country.”
From an ideological stance, the Chinese Dream has a proclivity for collective interests. It encourages people to work both for their own benefit and the interest of the country. Maybe this is due to historical reasons, which makes the national leadership to incline for a stable political and economical environment that would boost individual development.
What’s The Chinese People’s Perspective On the Dream?
It is undeniable that China faces plenty of national issues, ranging from freedom of speech, the huge gap between wealthy and poor to issues of foreign policy. Still, as life is getting better and government has released a war on corruption, most Chinese are positive about the country’s future. At least, the nickname “Uncle Xi” or “Bid Daddy Xi” shows that people like their leader and his policies.