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CCTV Asks ‘What is a Patriot?’ Student Answers ‘A Missile’

Chinese university student interviewed by CCTV about patriotism.

Chinese university student interviewed by CCTV about patriotism.

As part of a National Day segment celebrating the 64th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, China’s state-broadcaster CCTV conducted a series of interviews asking ordinary people on the street questions such as “what does it mean to be a patriot?” or “what does it mean to be unpatriotic?” One particular university student, when asked what he thinks of when he hears the word “patriot”, answered the American Patriot missile. Below is the video clip and transcript of the interview…

On Phoenix Online:

CCTV Asks “Who Do You Think Of When You Think Of Patriot”, Student Answers “Missile”

Reporter: Hello students, we are from CCTV and we are doing a special segment for National Day, can we ask you a few questions?

College Student: Okay.

Reporter: When it comes to patriotism, what song lyrics or saying comes to mind?

College student: I feel I’m not the right person to ask this question, I can’t really think of anything.

Reporter: Then when it comes to patriot, who do you think of?

College Student: Patriot, I think of the missile.

Reporter: Missile?

College student: Yes.

Reporter: Then what about patriotic people?

College student: Patriotic people, I don’t recall any.

Reporter: Then what do you consider patriotic behavior?

College Student: What behavior? Just live one’s own life well, thank you.

Reporter: Then what kind of behavior is not patriotic? In your opinion.

College student: This I’ve never thought about.

An American Patriot missle launch.

Comments on iFeng:

凤凰网新浪微博网友:一狼犬子:

Are you still Chinese?! You’ve brought shame on millions of university students! A disgrace to your university, go die, fuck!

凤凰网广西百色市网友:

The truth.

凤凰网新浪微博网友:happy深红:

This college students is quite clever, he escaped from the reporter’s trap, I’m genuinely impressed.

凤凰网福建省厦门市网友:

In this country, the most unpatriotic are the government officials.

凤凰网山东省济南市网友:

CCTV shouldn’t ask: What do you think of when you think of patriotism? They should ask: What should one do as a patriot?

凤凰网辽宁省鞍山市网友:

This program was well done, it realistically reflected the voices of today’s college students.

凤凰网新浪微博网友:蔡二叔:

Down-to-earth answer, I commend it.

凤凰网腾讯微博网友:天命:

What I thought of was the same thing.

凤凰网新浪微博网友:飞沙grace:

It can finally be said they interviewed a normal person, otherwise I’d think CCTV conducts its interviews in mental institutions.

The full 15-minute segment with responses from other interviewees can be viewed on Sina.

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