“Do not let patriotism become a G-string for violence”: China Youth Daily

China Youth Daily 中国青年报 front page, August 20, 2012

China Youth Daily, August 20, 2012, p.1

Cherish patriotic fervour, sternly punish violent smashing 呵护爱国热情 严惩打砸暴行

Cao Lin 曹林

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[. . .] On the morning of the 19th of August, there were gatherings of different sizes in more than 10 cities including Beijing, Jinan, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou.

Xinhua journalists reported that in these cities the police were present at all the mass gatherings to maintain order, and the protest marches were on the whole peaceful. However, from numerous eyewitness descriptions, there were some places where extremely incautious and irrational behaviour occurred. Some people received some ulterior-motivated incitement, and smashed their compatriots’ Japanese cars. It was very unsightly.

{“Boycott Japanese goods” slogans are fine, displaying a clear mind, but smashing compatriots’ cars and ruining private property is “clearly stupid, seriously harming social order, the city’s image, and China’s image.”}

Several days ago a netizen somewhere in Sichuan sent a letter to local officials expressing their “concern about upcoming anti-Japanese rallies” in light of their deleterious effects last time. The local officials replied, thanking them for the message, and saying that their concern was not without reason. In expressing anti-Japanese patriotism, [the officials said], some people had rushed onto the streets, blocking the way for Chinese people, smashing Chinese people’s cars and shops and harming their own compatriots. The result was helpful to Japan, and this kind of stupid thing cannot happen again.

[. . .] These stupid acts are not aiguo but haiguo. They will never attract praise and can only make real patriots feel ashamed.

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Several-hundred-person anti-Japan rallies in Hangzhou

Going to start posting some straight translations of forum threads. Apologies to those email subscribers who may find this rough data inconvenient.

Please note there is no implication that these conversations are representative of any significant proportion of the PRC population.

As a non-native reader of Chinese i especially welcome clarifications, corrections and comments. { brackets } indicate summary. Bold = caught my attention for some reason. Headlines written by portal staff.

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Topic: Several-hundred-person anti-Japan rallies in Hangzhou – QQ.c0m/XH

主题:杭州主城区发生数百人反日集会游行活动

我要发帖(已有2126条帖子,共48586人参与) approx 6pm
我要发帖(已有16028条帖子,共150246人参与) 11.55pm

1. “Boycott Japanese goods” “Give back the Diaoyu Islands” [31070]

2. I think our government is making a clear move, if not then just give Diaoyu to the others! I suggest the following: 1.) demote the embassy to charge d’affaires level; 2.) freeze all economic exchange; 3.) set a date for Chinese people in Japan to return 4.) set Japanese residents in China a date to leave by. 5.) make sure no Chinese people who have worked for a Japanese company does not leave the country; 6.) eliminate Japanophiles, and do a statistical survey of pro-Japan elements; 7.) eliminate Japanese vehicles from the military and government and make sure no car electrical systems or GPS installed by Japanese people leaks our military secrets, the Japanese haven’t not committed vile acts. [26520]

3. Every Chinese person with a conscience should boycott Japan should do their own boycott, buying one less is a contribution. [10575 – rose 2 places in past 6 hours]
IN REPLY TO (earliest first)
If I see a newly bought Japanese car I will smash it, a *forced* Japan boycott! –> You can’t only boycott cars, what about cameras? TVs? Fluorescent lights? If the government doesn’t oppose [Japan], is there any use in your opposition? -> Unity is power, don’t you know?

4. I think it’s not just Hanzhou, the whole country should resist. [9605]

5. {Don’t buy Japanese products} [5645]

6. I love you Hangzhou people to death! [4090]

7. A pity i’m not there, if I was I would definitely join you!!! Unite!!! [3285]

8. At last the mainland is doing something, bravo! I support…down with Japanese imperialism! Boycott Jap goods! Defend Diaoyu to the death [3020]

9. Popular news websites in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, fuck, who shut them down? [2125]

10. “Boycott Japanese goods” “Give back the Diaoyu Islands” [2115]

Most recent comment:

“Supporters…the Communist Party doesn’t want China’s historic land, the Chinese brethren 中华同胞 should unite with all the force it has, and resist to the end…unless the Chinese nation 中华民族..to fight to the end..?”