Ever since I found out that one of my favorite anime had been banned in China back in 2006, I wondered why? Why would China ban something as innocent as a T.V. show? At first I thought that it was a recent movement, but I have since learned that the censorship in China has been around since the first emperor started to burn books that dealt with Confucianism. The removal of unwanted knowledge by the government has since increased in not only effectiveness, but also strictness. Especially during the Cultural Revolution. It was during this time that the people of China were at some of their most censored. Books were removed from schools, and the schools themselves were sometimes overrun by the students if the Red Guard thought that one of the teachers weren’t teaching according to Mao’s teachings. (Read Red Azalea by Anchee Min for a example of this) Not only books were censored, but almost every foreign movie was banned at the time. Anything that “the party considers unflattering or a threat to political stability” (1) is at risk of being censored in China at any time. In the New York Times article by Evan Osnos called China’s Censored World, he recounts the roadblocks that he encountered when the book that he was writing about China was gone through by a Shanghai publishing company. I found it interesting that even now with the Communist Party still in control after many years, they feel the need to filter the information that their people receive. Thankfully, censorship here in Minnesota isn’t even close to China’s; however it is something that still intrigues me.
- Osnos, Evan. “Opinion | China’s Censored World.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 02 May 2014. Web