I am on my way home after two weeks teaching in China. It was a lovely trip, more delightful than I had expected.
What else…a connection to the west.
This was surprisingly easier than I thought as well. All though I had trouble accessing Facebook and Twitter, I could access all the news sites I read including my posts on Huffington. I understand the younger generation knows how to work around the system to get on the sites they want anyway, so I didn’t see any problem with censorship other than the deletion of videos and pictures on emails I received.
In fact, I got CNN and BBC in Shanghai. However, I was only able to watch an English-speaking Chinese news channel in Hangzhou. This turned out to be a real gift.
The Chinese news station had about 5 minutes of global news at the top of the hour, which included local fears of inflation and difficulties dealing with pollution.
The rest of the hour focused on good news.
I learned about the new rail lines for the high speed train, which I rode to Hangzhou at over 200 mph.
I learned that the global Paralympics were being held not far from where I was staying and the Confucius Conference in Beijing was just starting.
I learned about the developments going on around the country.
I learned about the cool new restaurants from Europe and the US that were coming into Shanghai and Beijing.
I saw a number of art exhibits and interviews with local and foreign artists.
If this is propaganda, I think I would like a little more propaganda back home.
I watch the news at home and it is all bad or irritating news. Then I talk with my friends about this bad and irritating news. I plan my future around this bad and irritating news.
How crazy is that?
I’m not suggesting we overlook problems that must be solved or that we be naively optimistic.
But wouldn’t a little good news be a great way to start your day?