CCCH9009 Reflective Essay

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CCCH9009 Protests, Rebellions and Revolutions in Modern China Reflective Essay Name: CHAN Chun Ho, Goofy UID: 3035071486 Tutorial: Friday 10.30 – 11.20 CCCH 9009 Protests, Rebellions and Revolutions in Modern China Reflective Essay Introduction Ian Johnson’s Wild Grass presents three stories that vividly reflect the social and political problems in the contemporary Chinese regime. Featuring three groups of protagonists, namely the ‘peasant champion’ who filed class-action lawsuit against the government for over-taxing, the Beijing citizens whose residence were destroyed for property development, and the daughter whose mother was killed in the suppression of Falun Gong, the book not only has envisioned me on some of the most…show more content…
In contemporary China, law is perceived by the public as the ‘modern form of petitioning’ (Johnson, 2004, p. 52), an opportunity for ordinary citizens to seek for fair treatments and vindication of their rights. However, flaws in the Chinese legal system provide opportunities, one after another, for executive intervention and abuse of the regime, which renders law unable to protect the disadvantaged and exploited. From my point of view, the faulty legal system, has given the disadvantaged a sense of relative deprivation. Frustrated to rely on the ineffective formal channels, more people choose to engage in protests and rebellions to communicate their thoughts to the central authority and gain public attention. Although the ideologies of democracy and rule of law have not been well developed and accepted by the 2 CCCH9009 Protests, Rebellions and Revolutions in Modern China Reflective Essay authority, it is definitely a delight seeing Chinese standing up to defend for their rights, especially when they are subject to enormous pressure from the authority who by every means tries to stop them from doing so. Dream of A Vanished Capital: competing interests of development and conservation Being one of the fastest growing economies worldwide, China has been considered a successful example of rapid modernisation. High-rising skyscrapers and buildings with western contemporary design have been readily taking over dynasty-old houses and structures as the new

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