Animated shows introduce government policies and history of CPC in approachable way
Published: Jun 10, 2021 09:55 PM
Poster of Come on! New Journey Photo: Courtesy of China Review Studio

Poster of Come on! New Journey Photo: Courtesy of China Review Studio

A Chinese animation called Xinzhengcheng, Wuqilai! (lit: Come on! New Journey) debuted online on Thursday. The show seeks to introduce important government policies such as poverty alleviation thorough cute cartoon characters and funny scripts while also tackling overseas misconceptions about these policies.

Another animation Xueyuhuo: Xinzhongguoshizheyanglianchengde (lit: Blood and Fire: This is How New China was Forged) is another example of a cartoon that tries to make serious issues more approachable. Debuting on June 1, the 30-episode show focuses on the history of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Party's growth.

The more recent cartoon consists of 14 episodes - each less than 10 minutes long - that aim to accurately and vividly introduce the how today's modern socialist country was formed. A representative from China Review Studio, the studio behind the show, told the Global Times on Thursday that they spent almost half a year to complete the entire series.

The six main characters on the show are new editors with contrasting personalities who are in charge of an imaginary website.

Each episode is dedicated to a single important policy or political measure launched by the Chinese government, such as recently introduced regulations on e-commerce livestreaming, as well as the country's achievements, like the great archeological discoveries at the Sanxingdui Ruins.

Poster of Come on! New Journey Photo: Courtesy of China Review Studio

Poster of Come on! New Journey Photo: Courtesy of China Review Studio

For example, the second episode tackles some of the misconceptions or questions foreign media often poses about China's poverty relief efforts by depicting a fictional debate between the show's Chinese editors and several foreign reporters. 

The foreign reporters question whether Chinese poverty alleviation achievements are unsustainable, and the Chinese editors explain that government officials carry out poverty relief efforts through multiple fields such as education and culture and use a variety of methods to teach poor rural populations how to use technology to overcome poverty.

The reporters continue to question if China's development and poverty alleviate are based on plundering other countries, and are quickly contradicted as the editors point out that the Chinese government has continually emphasized that the country's development is friendly and win-win.

The issue of vaccines is also touched upon on the show. "Zhongyi," a character representing China's vaccines, flies around the world helping other countries that have been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to show how China-made vaccines are helping to curb the pandemic overseas. 

Some African countries gratefully accept Chinese aid and Chinese vaccines play a big role in overcoming the epidemic, while other countries refuse and are hostile to Zhongyi's friendly offering. 

Three episodes of the animation have aired so far.

Each episode of Blood and Fire: This is How New China was Forged, which covers the revolutionary struggle of the CPC from its birth in 1921 to the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, is just three minutes long.

The animation depicts significant moments during this 28-year struggle, including the establishment of the Jinggangshan Revolutionary Base in East China' Jiangxi Province in 1928.

"This is so creative! It is interesting and a vivid way to learn about these important national issues," one review wrote.