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  • A generation of Chinese youth born since 1990 are reviving an old tradition of uniform-wearing, flag-waving, slogan-shouting patriotism.

    A generation of Chinese youth born since 1990 are reviving an old tradition of uniform-wearing, flag-waving, slogan-shouting patriotism.

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  • Zhao Changtong protests every occasion of “affront” to the Chinese nation in his beautiful hometown of Pingyao, Shanxi Province.

    Zhao Changtong protests every occasion of “affront” to the Chinese nation in his beautiful hometown of Pingyao, Shanxi Province.

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  •  Xiao Zhao teaches Yi Minority school children the National Anthem of China.

    Xiao Zhao teaches Yi Minority school children the National Anthem of China.

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  • Xiao Zhao records the neighborhood demolishment.

    Xiao Zhao records the neighborhood demolishment.

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  • Xiao Zhao's grandparents' half-demolished house.

    Xiao Zhao's grandparents' half-demolished house.

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  • Xiao Zhao and his girl friend Peicen.

    Xiao Zhao and his girl friend Peicen.

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  • Xiao Zhao on the way back to his home after the protest.

    Xiao Zhao on the way back to his home after the protest.

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  • Du Haibin, Director of Patriotism '90

    Du Haibin, Director of Patriotism '90

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  • Ruby Chen, producer of "A Young Patriot"

    Ruby Chen, producer of "A Young Patriot"

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The Film

A generation of Chinese youth born since 1990 are reviving an old tradition of uniform-wearing, flag-waving, slogan-shouting patriotism. They throw parades and march in old military uniforms, worship Mao Zedong, and express an almost ecstatic level of uncritical love for their country.

Zhao Changtong is a teenage art student born in 1990 and known in the streets of Pingyao as "Mr. Patriotic Maniac." Despite his passion for the "new China," his family lives in poverty and with the constant tension of a shifting political landscape. Filmmaker Du Haibin follows Zhai over three years as he becomes a young adult and must reconcile his own failures and the economic and political realities of modern China with his fervent love of the communist ideal.

The Filmmakers

  1. Du HaibinDirector/Producer
  2. Ben TsiangProducer
  3. Ruby Chen Co-Producer