“The Rise of Great Nations” is a 12-episdoe documentary series shown on CCTV on November 13-24, 2006. The series covers the rise of nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Russia and draws the lessons about how and why strong nations emerge.
Here are some translated Chinese netizen comments (ChineseNewsNet). I would make clear what the meaning and limits of these comments. The program series was seen by hundreds of millions of people. Several hundreds thousand people probably posted comments at blogs and forums. There is no scientific basis for rounding up a “representative” sample of opinions. Therefore, these comments should not be taken as “representative.” Instead, you read them as a random and possibly unpresentative collage of Chinese thoughts.
– Hmm hmm. I just finished watching the episode about the Russian empire. Hmm hmm. Damn! It related the story of the Russian empire from the October Revolution to the end of Soviet Russia. It was generalized, superficial and unsubstantive. There was not a single word mentioned about the repression in the late 1930’s by Stalin. It was like as if the episode never occurred. CCTV, I f**k your m****r. How can anyone be so shameless?
– What does “The Rise of Great Nations” mean? Why use this title? I have not yet see the series. But several days ago I saw the commercial for the series. At the time, I felt uneasy about the title “The Rise of Great Nations.” When Chairman Mao got up at Tiananmen Square and proclaimed, “The Chinese people have stood up!” we rose. Afterwards we busied ourselves with helping the oppressed people of Asia, Africa and Latin America to fight the imperialists. Then we became the strategic partner of the United States and we were proud and honored to be sitting with the superstrong Big Brother (unfortunately a few of their guided missiles hit our embassy by mistake and the honor of the strategic partner was shattered). Therefore, I have no interest in the rise of nations. I care about the rise of a system of law, democracy and justice. [Full Text]