I Saw Sunday

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Please Vote for Me is a documentary on the first time a Chinese elementary school has an election for a class monitor. In China, from primary – tertiary school each class has a monitor, who leads, reprimands, organizes and if need be rats on his or her classmates. This role in a class and sometimes these children develop good leadership skills and sometimes they just flounder in their own disorganization. In any event, taking on the position looks good on a resume.

The documentary maker hales from Wuhan and over time spoke to the school about making a film. So Evergreen Elementary School in Wuhan embarks on this democratic experiment with kids who have no idea what democracy is. It’s captivating to see the crooked roads the students often take urged on by their parents. There’s no smoked filled back rooms, but that’s not necessary to rig an election we soon see.

The teachers select three candidates: one’s been Class Monitor for two terms already, then there’s a cute, rather docile girl and jocular, yet shrewd boy. In the lead up to voting the candidates must participate in a talent show and a debate or rather ad hominem attack contest, and give a final speech.

More often than not, the race gets negative and kids start crying. Sometimes most of the class is in tears. What struck me was how the teacher just smiled through the drama never trying to teach a lesson in fairness or counsel a candidate to be more respectful. There really was no educational consequence for running a smear campaign.

You will see who wins and I’ll just say it’s the kid I liked the least. I wondered why a school in one party China would attempt this. By the end I thought, this experiment is sure to cure anyone with a desire to make the country more democratic. By making an election, a painful childhood memory, few Chinese will choose that form of government when they’re older.

If you don’t subscribe to Netflix, you can see the film on YouTube.

Who Brings Out the Best in You?

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By Joe

My mother is my hero. In my junior high school, I often learn bad lessons to sleep. In junior three I started to work of the study and review before,  My mother said I know you don’t know a lot of homework. But you just know what should you do. Finally, I know what I want, I want to go abroad. So I study very hard. Even study all night. The end I join in this school.

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What’s the Coolest Chinese Film?

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Cover of "Raise the Red Lantern (MGM Worl...

Cover of Raise the Red Lantern (MGM World Films)

I think the best and coolest Chinese movie is Raise the Red Lantern.

It is a sad movie, the story is about family structure of early Chinese traditional society. Raise the Lantern in China always represents a good thing, but in this movie the Red Lantern doesn’t represents hope but represents power. This movie animadvert Chinese traditional society of human nature, shows no fear and calm of the conquered. The another reason make me like this movie is because it tells us the truth, the true early China, the forces of darkness, the human nature during that time. On the other hand, this movie’s description method also inherited part of Lu Xun describes the China’s social darkness.

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