We Dare You To Watch This CNY Propaganda Video Without Crying
This morning the Shanghai Communist Youth League released a tear-jerker of a video that looks at the lives of several young migrant workers who flocked to Shanghai to follow their dreams.
The video opens with the workers introducing themselves in their local dialects under street signs named after their hometown or province. They then talk about how long they’ve lived here, why they first came to the city and what the first thing they learned to say in Shanghainese was.
After a short transition, the video takes an emotional twist and the workers begin to talk about how long it’s been since they last went home for Spring Festival, with one lady from Hong Kong admitting it’s been “around six or seven years.”
The video is the first piece of online propaganda produced in China in recent years that actually made us shed a tear and is another clear example of how the party is focusing on improving its soft power.
Even though the video is aimed at Chinese people, we found many of the themes resonated with us as expats and so we went ahead and translated it into English for you.
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