Took to the streets of Beijing, the Capital of China, YouTube Channel Asian Boss directly ask its citizens about their thoughts on the concept of democracy, freedom and ultimately what they thought of their government.
CEO and also the founder of the channel, Stephen Park, opened the video relaying a report that China was set to take over the U.S economy in 2020. However, the country still seems “mysterious”, especially to Westernizers.
“It’s often portrayed in the Western Media as a communist nation whose citizen enjoy zero freedom.,” Park said.
In fact, that idea of limitation of freedom is often portrayed in the Western media as something to be fearful about, for example when the U.S. State Departement had issued a travel warning earlier this month.
Park randomly went up to different people in Beijing to ask them questions about their country and how democratic they believed China to be.
Democracy means freedom
“What does Democracy mean to Chinese People?” Park asked.
“Democracy is letting everyone speak and gathering everyone’s opinions,” one young person’s responded.
“Law and order must be respected,” another said.
A young woman, saying that she was college educated, said that she is part of the current generation that China does have a democratic system, believing that other countries do not have that.
“What is the difference between Western and Chinese politics, or more so, between the U.S. and China?” another question Park asked.
“Not much. The U.S. isn’t better than we are, and I don’t think we’re stronger than the U.S.,” one person said.
Stephen asked later on in the interview, “What does freedom mean to you?”
The other responses included: “Freedom to me is living a happy life. I’m very happy right now,” and “Freedom is no one restricting me as long as I don’t break the law.”