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Tradition and Dissent in China: The Tuidang Movement and its Challenge to the Communist Party


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In the fall of 2004, a series of editorials appeared in a Chinese dissident newspaper run by Falun Gong adherents in the United States. The editorials served as the catalyst for what may be the largest dissident movement in China in over two decades. The movement, known as Tuidang ("withdraw from the party"), has seen as many as tens of millions of Chinese citizens publicly denounce the Communist Party.

Unlike the student movement of 1989 or the more recent Charter 08--both of which embraced the language of western democracy--the Tuidang movement employs distinctly Chinese language and meaning that is more Confucian than humanist. The movement calls to revive traditional moral virtues and to cast off the 'foreign' ideology of Communism, which is portrayed as antithetical to true Chinese values, human nature, and universal laws. The Tuidang movement offers an alternative ideology that is at once compelling and accessible.

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Subject
Asian Studies;
International Relations
Classification
0342: Asian Studies
0601: International Relations
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; China; Chinese communist party; Chinese politics; Falun gong; Jiuping; Tuidang
Title
Tradition and Dissent in China: The Tuidang Movement and its Challenge to the Communist Party
Author
Ford, Caylan
Number of pages
148
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0075
Source
MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267023827
Advisor
Dickson, Bruce J.
University/institution
The George Washington University
Department
International Affairs
University location
United States -- District of Columbia
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1502273
ProQuest document ID
908636913
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/908636913/abstract
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