China Dream is the author Ma Jian's satirical response to "the Chinese dream" – the vision that Chinese President Xi Jinping launched in a speech late in 2012. The speech was held just after he was elected chairman of the Communist Party, and a few months before he was elected president. The dream he described has become a motive for social development in China. It builds on the myth that Xi is the father of the country and the guarantor of welfare, unity and harmony, and is used for everything it is worth by the propaganda apparatus.
Like several other novelists, Jian has challenged this ideal; he did so already in his debut Stick Out Your Tongue ("Stick out your tongue"), which was published in 1987. The book is based on travels he made in Tibet, and shows how the Chinese invasion and annexation of Tibet destroyed both people and religion in the ancient nation. The book was quickly banned, and the censorship also banned it. . .
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