It's no secret that the Chinese government has control over the media, but as revealed in a recent Global Times article, popular online fiction writers are now being pressured to write "red stories" that promote the government's core values.
In a recent interview with Global Times, China's state newspaper, the famed fantasy writer He Changzai explained his mysterious switch from fantasy to writing "red stories."
"In the process of writing other novels, I found that when it comes to the historical changes and achievement of reform and opening up, there is no work that deeply reflects the times," said Changzai.
He is now focusing on a novel “set against 40 years of reform and opening-up in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, a mainstream subject usually chosen by traditional writers.”
“Internet writers in China are known as a group for making up stories detached from reality with sheer imagination,” writes Global Times. “But more and more of them, who mostly have built their reputations on major literature websites in China, are dropping mythological figures and stereotyped historical plots and throwing themselves into the creation of works that demonstrate the country’s political and economic achievements.”
However, the article does mention that as part of a "Red Footprints" program by the government, these writers have been encouraged to write at least 400 short stories by 2020 as the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) celebration quickly approaches.
The article also claims that a number of “talented young internet writers are shifting to stories about national development and red culture” entirely on their own accord and that they will now focus on “different periods of the Party’s construction, including the site where the first National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held, the former residence of Mao Zedong, the site of the Party’s first secret radio, and so on.”
"Heroic figures that save the world and humanity, as created in the works of many internet writers, are in essence or spiritually the same as the heroes in red stories," said Xue Shu, deputy secretary general of the Shanghai Writers Association. "It is spiritual sublimation."
This program appears to be the latest move by the Chinese government to target the youth with propaganda by their favorite writers.
Last year, the government started to censor and control rap music. Xi Jinping's regime has released rap-focused propaganda for years like “The Reform Group is Two Years Old” anthem and the “Marx Is a Millennial" song.
The youth isn't the only group being controlled either, the regime has also recently detained Muslims and other individuals of religious faith as part of a re-education campaign.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been placed in Chinese facilities to be brainwashed to believe that “Xi Jinping is great! The Communist Party is great!"
Author's note: This just proves that China is still very much an authoritarian totalitarian government that does not respect individual freedom and will go to extremes to brainwash their population.