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Tomorrow, China's Communist Party will mark its 90th anniversary. Ahead of the planned fanfare, the country has seen a show of a Mao-era "red culture." It's meant to drum up allegiance to the communist party at a time of mounting public dissent.
As the ruling Chinese Communist Party plans to celebrate 90 years of its existence, people are asked to join in and sing praises to communism. The concerted effort to pump up "red culture" across the China is said to cost billions of Yuan—but not everyone wants to tune in.
In recent months, "red song" concerts have sprouted around the country—from factories to schools, and prisons to temples. In Chongqing authorities want inmates to sing "red song" in exchange for sentence reductions.
"People are joking that prisons are now singing, 'we're the successors of Communism.' All of these communism successors are in prison. Beijing now has cultural-revolution style mega-choruses. Every workplace is doing this. Some people ask, can the songs produce grain? Can they bring us pork? Can they bring down inflation?"
Critics say the red-culture movement is a last-ditch effort by the Chinese Communist Party to encourage allegiance to its rule. The public has turned against authorities in recent months against corruption and social injustice. The regime has also clamped down heavily on dissidents, fearing a "Jasmine Revolution."
To redirect sentiment, authorities are encouraging people to sing Mao era revolutionary songs.
"Shanghai now has red-song contests for everyone. Retirees, and the unemployed are asked to join. They give them some money, and prepare a meal. What use is this propaganda? There's no use. [The Party] is at its end. People are fed up, but dare not speak out. It has already lost the people's support."