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:


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


The truth.


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


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


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


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


Down-to-earth answer, I commend it.


What I thought of was the same thing.


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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