- Do you consider yourself to be “political”? Why or why not?
I do think myself to be political, because I do have formed views of many global issues and regulations/decisions made by the government in different countries. I think I am exposed to a variety of culture, both the order in China and freedom of America. From the first test, although I lean slightly towards libertarian, I consider myself a mixture of two. Although my political views may not be completely mature, I can justify my views. For example, I do value the authoritarian government during the current COVID-19 situation, an ordered country helps save hundreds of thousands of lives. While the “freedom of speech” in libertarian country has brought extremists in America who question the reliability of such virus even after such huge global impact. In this circumstance, I think the government has too little power upon the control of citizens and cannot do a sufficient job in keeping citizens safe. However, in common global issues worldwide such as surrogacy/abortion, gay marriage/rights, I lean towards the libertarian view. One celebrity called Zhengshuang was just exposed of using surrogacy and attempting to use abortion as well after finding out her husband cheating on her. She used surrogacy in America (surrogacy is legal in America, illegal in China, she did not break laws) and abandoned her children returning to China after being hurt by her husband. The social media and general audience was verbally abusing and criticizing her, while her husband was barely even mentioned at all. I think this reflects the bad side of being too authoritarian, the ideologies of Chinese citizens have all been unified. I support surrogacy and abortion, it is about giving women a choice. Gay topics in China now has been more open, many dramas were even shot on the topic but were in the name of bromance. The young public knows gay do have the same rights, and love is not about gender, but the control of the government and old ideologies still remain. The third test reflected on my general moderate political stance, I wish a mixture of the advantages of the two types could be adapted by the government, this is my political view.
- What does it mean to be political?
Being political means to have a stance as a citizen on the regulations of the country. Or simply having beliefs about certain global issue would make one leaning towards one or another political stance.
- Is everything political? Why or why not?
I do not think everything is political. Arts and sciences could serve a meaning for the society or to achieve a certain purpose, but art itself, which focuses on the beauty of visuals, and science itself, which explores the unknown phenomenons, are pure and non-political.
- How important do you feel it is to be aware of what is going on in politics?
I think it is important for everyone to be aware of the politics. The lack of awareness about social issues/politics makes many people intake very one-sided and extreme views from their environment or their personalized social media. It is important to be informed about all different sides viewing social issues. Many who go to protests not wearing masks, talking about impossible conspiracy theories are just ignorant people who choose to believe one side before even looking at the other.
- What are the political issues that you believe are most important right now and why?
I believe the most important political issues to me are about equality. As a Chinese citizen, I wish the government could give more freedom on topics such as abortion and gay marriage. These choices should be given for the citizens to decide whether to use or not to use. Because of the old ideologies, some Chinese even still think being gay is an illness, luckily the general public do give support for the group of people. But as I explained in the first question, topics about abortion and giving the choice to women have not yet considered. It is by law wrong to have a children from surrogacy, even for a genetically deficient mother. It is by law wrong to have abortion even if one was being raped. I hope more choice was given to citizens on those topics which do not harm the safety or rights of others (consent is given from both sides for surrogacy). If I turn to the American view on politics, I think order is the most important political issue. Conspiracy theories are popular on the internet about COVID-19. It is fine to have such theories, but it is not fine to put others in danger by not wearing masks. Perhaps education would have to improve in someway. Overall, I am not really interested in the tension between countries or different parties, since it is their policies on these issues that directly influence the citizens. These are my believes about political issues which are important.