Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Revolutionary martyrs in China multinational

Whenever there are signs or expressions of what appears to be surge of 'patriotism' or 'nationalism' in mainland China, some observers and scholars with only limited knowledge of modern Chinese history would unthinkingly or maliciously conjure up an image of a "chauvinistic" or "xenophobic", if not "fascist", country. However, the verifiable truth is that, revolutionary martyrs and heroes in New China include many 'foreigners' of other skin colours, such as Dr. Norman Bethune and Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis who are definitely not Han Chinese but still being publicly honoured and saluted every year on Qingming Day as well as other important occasions by a grateful country of 1.3 billion people. Of course, the most respected forerunner of the Chinese Revolution or Father of Modern China Dr. Sun Yat Sen was a baptised Christian.

Stirring ode to martyrs of Chinese Revolution


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