The enlightenment philosopher John Locke holds that personal identity is a matter of psychological continuity. He considered personal identity (or the self) to be founded on consciousness (viz. memory), and not on the substance of either the soul or the body. Therefore, the responsibility of a documentary is to record the story truthfully and provide evidence in history so that people can better understand themselves and address their self-identification and individuality.
Because of political censorship, it is not easy to reveal an authentic voice in documentaries on political topics in China. However, when I made these documentaries on Guangdong TV Station, it was during 2000-2007 when China's opening up and reforming economy was booming; during this period, social and political voices were also relatively open, enlightened, and tolerant.
Because of this, for some of the stories. the subjects that I interviewed in my films were able to reflect a relatively truthfully the story. They had certain influences back then, and the history that overlapped with their own deeds was told genuinely.
In the following documentaries, the subjects in the film will focus on their professional areas and talk about their work and dedication to Chinese politics in a certain period of history. From their individual angles, audience may see the different stories of China in the different historical phases and situations.
Sports, is it a competition or a social means?
Athletes, should they continue to challenge their own limits, or should they use their talents to serve national politics?
In this documentary, you will see how Zhuang Zedong used his talent in the sport of table tennis to develop Ping-pong diplomacy on the occasion of the world table tennis competition, and promote the diplomatic development of China and the United States in the 1970s.
（Running time: 17 minutes; My creative role: Journalist, Researcher & Interviewer）
In 1979, Mainland China reformed and opened up. After that, a large number of Taiwanese businessmen began to have extensive economic interaction with mainland China.
Since 2000, the degree of global economic cooperation has continued to develop. Taiwan’s economic development has slowed down, but mainland China has improved its economic status and has become Taiwan’s largest trading partner. During this period, the political leaders of the two countries treated each other's political strategies and styles with tolerance.
Lin Donghai, in the documentary, is Taiwanese, but he was invited by the Chinese government to become an important official of the Chinese government on the "Taiwan issue." When reviewing China’s war against fascist invaders, he affirmed that the contributions of the Communist Party of China and the Kuomintang Party were equally important. In the chaotic era of war, he participated in the work of both of these two parties at the same time. He believed that whether he was in Taiwan or China, whether he participated in the work of the Communist Party or the Kuomintang Party, he is serving the greater good.
Therefore, in the general political environment of the 2000s, Lin Donghai maintained a very optimistic and positive attitude towards bilateral relations between China and Taiwan.
（Running time: 18 minutes; My creative role: Journalist, Researcher & Interviewer）
The Land Reform Movement (China) was carried out in mainland China, led by Mao Zedong and other high-level officials of the Communist Party of China in the early days of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in the 1950s. The land reform movement confiscated the land of the landlords and completely overthrew the Chinese rural elites politically and economically, so that the Chinese Communist Party achieved its goal of controlling the rural power. According to the data, "Land Reform deprived the rural gentry class of land and all property, deprived of 1 to 5 million lives, thus completely eradicating the rural elite and changing the social structure and traditional culture of China's rural areas. Thousands of people are divided into landlords and rich peasants, making these people political untouchables”.
When Zhang Gensheng recalled this period of history, he sincerely told that, within the Communist Party of China at that time, there were actually voices speaking out against the atrocities in the "land reform". However, because this dissent was not accepted by the higher-level leaders in the Party, the members with opposite voices were classified as Capitalist-leaning right-wing reactionaries.
Looking back on the experience of working in Guangdong from 1957 to 1977, Zhang Gensheng self-reflected himself on "making many mistakes". The most fundamental thing is that production relations cannot be adapted to the level of productivity development. He said: "(They) made "Ultra Left Communism" mistakes, and engaged in collective economy regardless of conditions."
（Running time: 30 minutes; My creative role: Journalist, Researcher & Interviewer）
This is a story about a Chinese politician who took on the responsibility of Chinese cultural revival after retirement.
Ye Xuanping was the governor of Guangdong Province and the mayor of Guangzhou. After he retired, he used his influence in political circles to organize a group of Hong Kong and Macao entrepreneurs and co-founded the Chinese National Culture Promotion Association.
Ye Xuanping led the Chinese Ethnic Culture Promotion Association, which was actually a National Minorities Policy intended to unite disparate ethnic groups through eduction and by addressing poverty in China's remote mountainous areas.
To this end ethnic arts and crafts are sold and the money used to construct schools. Teachers in cities are organized to volunteer in elementary schools in mountainous areas, and Guangzhou's geographical and open cultural advantages are used to attract investments from Macau and Hong Kong, and part of the profits from this go to poverty alleviation funds.
（Running time: 17 minutes; My creative role: Researcher, Journalist & Interviewer）
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