Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Chinese Official: “A Brain Needs Washing”

Chinese officials want to remind Hong Kong schoolchildren of the benefit of Chairman Mao’s thinking. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

The Chinese government wants to enlighten schoolchildren in Hong Kong about the blessings brought about by the Communist party. However, some citizens, used to a more independent way of thinking, were not very pleased with the new curriculum and took to the streets, protesting what they saw as brainwashing.

Jiang Yudui, who represents a pro-Beijing association, said that the curriculum would wash their brains but this would not necessarily be a bad thing:

A brain needs washing if there is a problem, just as clothes need washing if they’re dirty,” he said.

In the western world, Darwinism has a similar indoctrinating effect as the Communist party has in China, but here few have the courage to call the teaching of evolution what it in reality is.


Lau, Joyce. 2012. Thousands Protest China’s Plans for Hong Kong Schools. The New York Times. (29 July).