Out of China, do we still care?

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (Photo credit: nznationalparty)

At the beginning of September, CNN News has been reporting on the missing of the Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping and the influence of the disappearance of the president-to-be leader.

 

While this could be another political game that people in power play, what do the normal Chinese citizens think of? More specifically, how do the countless Chinese students in the United States feel?

Wang Yifei, a Chinese business student at the University of Iowa told me that she did hear about this news through American media considering that most of the media organizations in China are run by the government which limits them from reporting news like this.

“It’s not [published] in mainland China news, but I searched in google which is in [the] U.S.”  Yifei told us that she gathered the information on websites such as Google which are banned in mainland China.

For Yifei, she feels that she pays fairly equal attention to Chinese news and politics before and after she come to the United States. For her, the only difference is that she gets more different aspects of news than she used to back in China.

However, for another Chinese student at the University of Iowa Shan Shan, it’s a lot different.

“I read newspapers everyday when I was in China, but here I never read newspapers.” Shan Shan said.

We heard from two Chinese girls from different areas of China who both go to school in the United States and they hold two different attitudes toward Chinese news and angles.

I don’t know if the Chinese state-run media takes a part in their attitudes. All I can say is that those who care will care.

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One Response to Out of China, do we still care?

  1. Michael Gallagher says:

    It was interesting hearing from the first student you spoke to about how there was little news within China about Xi Jingping’s disappearance, but she was able to find out about it through the U.S. media. I wonder what it would be like returning to China after being in another country for a long time, knowing that the Chinese media might not be covering some of the more controversial topics.

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