In my post for Asian-Nation about Mainland and Taiwan influence in overseas Chinese schools, I wrote about a passage from my Chinese school days that was clearly Nationalist propaganda. Recently, I’ve found a passage from a Mainland textbook that is propaganda from the other side.
This quotation is from book 11 of 12 of the Zhongwen (中文) series, published by Jinan University and commissioned by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (國務院僑務辦公室). The series is aimed specifically at Overseas Chinese in extracurricular language programs.
The chapter is about overseas Chinese business person Tan Kah Kee (陳嘉庚). Tan was born in Qing-era Fujian province and became rich in colonial Singapore. He returned to the People’s Republic of China to use his riches in the service of the homeland.
On October 1, 1949, Tan Kah Kee was invited up to the Tiananmen tower for the ceremony marking the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. With his own eyes, he saw the five-starred red flag rise solemnly as the majestic national anthem played. He felt deeply the pride of being a Chinese person; at the same time, he felt a great sense of duty. After the PRC was founded, he held one office after another: member of the Central People’s Government, Chairman of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Chairman of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, and Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He threw himself fervently into the project of creating a new China.
The unmistakable message here is that overseas Chinese students should return to and invest in the homeland, as Tan had done.