The Chinese Professor Ad – ‘Now America Works For Us’

Ever wondered how powerful China will be in 20 years? Well the American campaign group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has recently produced a ‘chilling’ campaign commercial that portrays a future with China as the new superpower.

The aim of the video is to strike fear into American citizens. It shows a Global Economics (全球经济学 – Quánqiú Jīngjìxué) class set in Beijing (but is in fact filmed in the States) in the year 2030.

The ‘Chinese Professor’ tells his class of the supposed errors from the US government in dealing with its economy.

In the proposed future, America fails to solve its economic problems and the video ends with the Professor turning to his class and quipping the fear inducing line ‘So now they work for us!’.

What do you think of this ad? Does the film portray China fairly?

Here is Taiwanese-based Next Media Animation’s amusing video response:

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  • xiaomao

    Obviously the CAGW video is fear mongering crack, especially the last bit – “and now they work for us mwah ha ha!” – for republicans.

    But the rest if this piece is rendered slightly useless by the fact that other two of the videos are blocked as I sit at my desk in Beijing (I’m vpn-less right now).

  • Say what you want Dan, but the reality is that Americans are viewing P.R. Chinese and Indians with greater suspicion, especially the see real life H-1B examples in U.S. companies every day.

    Now the real fear is articles like this:

    http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2010/01/04/free-trade-watch-3/

  • Isaac Lewis

    Are the Chinese students in this video played by Asian-Americans? Funny how you can always tell.

    • Zhang Mo

      No, no — it’s the future, so they actually have style now.

      • Ambientman

        and hygiene too??? Or am I assuming too much?

    • TylerDurden

      Why ? Cause their micro muscles in their faces are capable of executing readable emotions in their facial expressions?

  • 大 李 飞 刀

    I have no doubt that this will become real in the future if the American government keep spending and printing money like there is no tomorrow!

  • I first saw this ad while watching coverage of our elections last night. (Really prefer the panda parody to the real thing.)

    This ad is symptomatic of a campaign tactic the ultra conservatives used to good effect — very good effect, I’m ashamed to say — in winning so many imprtant elections. It was first used by Barry Goldwater in the presidential election of 1964 to win the states in the southeastern US — the region we call “the South.” He did not win the general election, but he carried the South by a large margin. For this reason it became known as the “Southern strategy.” Racism has always been a problem here in the South and the majority of the people here are white. The Southern strategy consisted of scaring white people with the supposed threat posed by their non-white neighbors. It was a blatantly racist campaign based on lies and distortions. It alienated and enraged non-whites and whites who recognized the lies, but those groups were badly outnumbered by white people who were frightened and did not take the time to learn the truth.

    The core of the Republican campaign this year has been “take America back.” The understood meaning of this slogan — seldom articulated — is take _white_ America back. The black President and his allies have somehow pushed true Americans (i.e., white Americans) from their rightful place of leadership. It does not matter that the Republican (white) President is responsible for our debts to China, what matters is that the non-white President is in league with other non-whites around the world to destroy white America. Non-white demons employed in this campaign ranged from Mexicans to Arabs to Chinese. (This ad is more polished than most, but the subtext is the same.)

    The Southern Strategy of 1964 worked very well across our whole nation in 2010. Elections won by conservatives where won by the most jingoistic among them. I do not think this bodes well for America’s relationships with other nations. The legislators who have the power to ratify or dismiss President Obama’s diplomacy do not trust him nor anyone else not like them. Let me apologize in advance for their rudeness.

    • Ambientman

      “Racism has always been a problem here in the South”

      ——————–

      It is even worse up north
      (someone who has lived in both regions).

    • fuckliberals

      seriously? why do liberals cry racism at every turn?

      What do you think of Affirmative Action?

      hypocrisy at it’s finest.

  • Peter

    In many instances fear is warranted. Not that it should be used to manipulate voters – but keep in mind a fear of fear is just as useful. People want to think happy thoughts, though they find themselves bothered by and attracted to negativity. The issues brought forward in this add are very real.

    Don’t you think China will use the fact that it owns huge amounts of US debt to forward it’s own interests? Of course it will, just as any other nation would and should.

    America (my homeland) has nearly destroyed itself through financial irresponsibility… What is the left’s answer to this? Spend more money then ever before. This may be their attempt to start a socialist utopia or it may just be a Keynesian (spelling?) “spend while you’re poor and save while you’re rich” approach. However, the issues at stake are very real – and raising them is not fear mongering.

    • We are in debt to China because the Right put us in debt to China. Our public education system is the worst in the industrialized nations because the Right does not believe in investing in our middle and working class. (The private schools of the wealthy are good; our $40k/year universities are the envy of the world. Public education languishes.) President Obama’s stimulus package included the biggest tax cut for the middle and working classes since WWII, cut big banks out of the scholarship and grant process freeing up funds so working and middle class families can get aid to send their children to universities, and made it possible for small and medium-sized businesses to start up, reopen, or expand generating hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the private sector. The Republicans responded by blocking federal funding to subsidize state and local governments, costing hundreds of thousands of teachers, police officers, firefighters, and municipal workers their jobs. Despite obstruction from the Right, the Left passed health care reform which, according to the nonpartisan Government Accounting Office, will save the taxpayers billions. The Right has already announced that one of the first things on their agenda is to reinstate Bush’s policy of no taxes for the richest 2% of our country — something that has cost us $700 million a year — and they make no secret of the fact they want to dismantle the safeguards that protect the middle and working class from big banks. The Tea Party platform includes abolishing public education, eliminating all controls over big oil, stripping the middle and working class of health care and even — quoting Senator-elect Rand Paul here — abolishing the Civil Rights Act: reinstating racism as the law of the land. The Right inherited the strongest economy and greatest surplus our nation has had in fifty years from the Left then spent eight years destroying the first and squandering the second until we are out of work and in hock up to our eyeballs. If the issue really was balancing the budget or rebuilding the economy or shrinking the government or protecting personal freedoms every Tea Party in the nation would be going door to door tirelessly campaigning for President Obama — because he has been working tirelessly to achieve all of those things and more. But when the rich and powerful use fear to terrorize the common people into voting against their own best interests, truth is irrelevant. Qbama is going to keep trying — he’s a man of principle who puts the good of the nation above his own political career — but, with the white Right working against him, to the outside world America is going to look a lot more like it did when Bush/Cheney were in charge.

      • Peter

        I wonder how many languages I could say “BULL SHIT!!” in…
        Saying something, doesn’t make it so! Your comments are long but so far from reality they don’t really merit comment. That said, the so-called right deserves lots of blame here as well.

        • Ambientman

          Anyone who is still caught up in this false left/right paradigm is clueless. Both wings on the SAME diseased bird. Politicians are scum, regardless of color. Red and blue, pleeeassse.

          • 大 李 飞 刀

            I totally agree with Ambientman! Both REP and DEM are corporation’s puppets they work for big defense contractors and wall street corporations likes Gold Man Sach, Ratheon, Halliburton…to name a few. This is why Bush chose Henry Paulson and Obama chose Tim Giethner as treasury secretary! Look into the back ground of all White House’s staff and you will understand why the American government rather to bail out all big banks and big corportions while knowing that their acts will jeopardise American people future and put the whole country at risk. There is no real Democracy in America. Unless you are funded and backed up by the corporation elites, there is no chance for a regular Joe like you and me to get elected !!!

      • HelloWorld

        Yawn…Kevin K. Okay, I get it. When lacking any intelligent argument, just blather out nonsense and more fear-mongering accusing conservatives. Yep, the ol’e Blame Bush strategy. Well, were to start? Your comments are just distorted factoids regurgitated from liberal media. For starters:”greatest surplus our nation has had in fifty years.” Yes, that is exactly what is was, a BUDGET surplus. The money wasn’t there. If all the rosy projections had been right and overly optimistic assumption correct, then we would have been out of debt in say, something like 50 yrs. We did not have any surplus cash, the Surplus was just forward looking projections ON Paper. Concerning our education system, yes it is mess. Though look at who runs it: it is just an entitlement system run by Liberal Elites and Unions. Add to it the touchy-feely education policies (which have been massive failures) together with Sanctuary Cities and massive illegal immigraion and gangs. The end result is the current dismal state of our education system where parents are absolved of all responsibility, competition is frowned upon, and everyone ends up a loser. The greatest teacher in world couldn’t teach those little gangsters and pregnant teens who behave like wild animals and mostly can’t speak English. Everything else you state is just to easy to refute…for instance, your alleged “quote’ of Paul Rand is just misinformation and taken out of context. What you state is not even close to what he actually said. Your comments on the Tea Party are just blantat lies; no one wants to abolish public education…just the expensive, ineffective joke that we call an education system. Finally, your Obama is an incarnation of Jimmy Carter.

      • Matt

        Kevin,

        To suggest that the reason Chinese students ‘outperform’ their American counterparts is because the Chinese government spends more money on education per student than the United States is completely and utterly false.

        The Chinese school system is based solely on quantitative competition, whereas The US system is qualitative based, with the idea that if a student doesn’t succeed its somehow the fault of the school or teacher.

        The fact is Chinese parents are heavily involved in the lives of their children, and the Chinese school curriculum is rigorous and unforgiving. This is probably the biggest difference between our two systems. Same goes for India. When there are a billion or so people going after the same opening, parents wanting the best life for their child will push them to outperform their peers, if only to get a leg up.

        Please answer this question. How many laptops, ipads, or ipods do you think China or India provides to their students for ‘educational’ purposes which they take home and surf for porn on? Thinking money will solve the problem of our school systems assumes our parents are convinced education is for the betterment of their children.

        In fact, it seems logically plausible that the more our government provides us, the worse off we are. We have no incentive to learn.

        • TylerDurden

          Bump! yeah check out the movie 3 Idiots.

  • ChinaSmacker

    I think the only positive thing I have to say about you is that you’re full of “good intentions”. It’s truly a pity that those “good intentions” are exactly what is wrong with the United States.

    I started to type a response starting with your first point on education but it was bit too long to post (restricted by the system.) I don’t feel like editing it since China Smack does not state how many characters a post can contain.

    I guess I can email it to you if you’re interested.

    • I don’t know where you are, since clicking on your non-icon only loads another copy of this page, but if you click on my icon it should take you to my LiveJournal. I copied and pasted the comments from here, so we can continue the conversation at my place if you’d like.

  • Marco

    hahaha~ first spending the way out of recession i personally think it is highly possible and if executed correctly, definitely do-able. Just like the Keynesian theory suggest, although some augurs that this is why they are in this mess now, but Keynesian theory have always said, if the market grow too strong, cool it off but cutting spendings, of course humans are greedy, which is why this has happened, lets not dwell on it.

    And secondly what’s wrong with being in debt of china?
    Lots of countries are in debt of each other, this time the US are in debt with china thanks to the republicans nonetheless (short slighted idiots) and yet…. look what just happened. They still got 60 seats, how?!!

    Thirdly, Obama is your best bet, he has got the right frame of mind, not only is he promoting NHS, which lots of american claims that is socialism and a waste of money but oh wait, UK has it, France has it, Hong Kong has it, Japan has it, almost all rich and developed counties has it, so why not america? unless you want to be like the Chinese
    (Which i am sure the Americans don’t, with their so called freedom…where values are all twisted and always attempting to enslaving it’s citizens with debt)
    running on the Pay or die system, guess what? just like america!!!

    So is being in debt good? no! but this is the time when america can once and for all sort itself out with its social and governmental problems. Throw money away for now, this is not the main issue here, US have enough resources to recover soon enough, get your priorities right, set your vision longer. short sighted vision might will you the battle, but it will never win you the war.

  • Well, I invited folks over to my LiveJournal to continue the discussion and so far I have only had one ultra-conservative from California drop by to insult my intelligence with no sense of verbal economy (and very little knowledge of history).

    Is there a mechanism preventing dialog between here and the LiveJournal platform?

    (Of course, it could simply be that the prospect of conversation is uninteresting. I spend a lot of time talking to myself, so I’m used to it. But if there’s some sort of technical incompatibility, like all of you using Macs, I’ll know whether or not to take it personally.)

    • paxman

      maybe we all more-or-less agree with you hehe

  • Sandlugs

    Actually this video paints China in a much better light than reality. The reality is much more scary, considering that the Chinese government supports certified nut cases like Kim Jong-il.

    • Ambientman

      Look who America has supported in the past, and even present, before speaking…

  • Ambientman

    I find it funny that the walls are adorned with Cultural revolution posters in this commercial. You don’t even see these types of posters in most cities, or even rural places in China TODAY. Yah, I saw some ultra old CR posters in a few remote places in Hunan and Sichuan in my two years of travel. But adding some cliche posters is proof that the creators of this commercial are uneducated and know nothing of modern China. When talking to most 20-something Chinese in private, especially in the larger cities, they despise Mao and see the CR as very dark times in recent Chinese history, though they may tow the party line in front of a few archaic professors and more ignorant people of the older generation.

    Also, most Chinese I met, (as if this even needs to be said), were anything but sinister, as the commercial seems to portray, and actually very nice, with not a single thought or idea of someday dominating America someday. Most of my students are shocked to hear me say America is currently struggling. I am met with loud retorts of “NOOooo” with extreme disbelief when I tell them America is currently in a bad state. Chinese people love the average American and want what is best for our country. I doubt most would be interested in someday ruling over us…

    • TylerDurden

      How about a poor proper usage/let alone understanding of symbolism in film making.

  • john

    superpower or not. CHina has a very very long way to go before they match the usa not only in economics but 1000’s of other things. as well. and no matter how much money the country makes its citizen’s are still very poor per capita.

    so i give it 200 years

    • Tessie

      I can’t agree more: per capita for one thing and how evenly the wealth is distributed for another.
      I’d say 500 years as far as manners and a civil society in general is concerned.
      And I am not American.

      • Barack Obama

        another arrogant dumbass talking out of his ass, how sad. Keep looking down on others and one day you will end being brought down by your own arrogance.

  • Fman

    It’s good for a laugh, lets be serious though, it’s impossible! The Chinese can barely manage themselves let alone the world, even for locals to talk to one another they need to repeat themselves 5-10 times to get it right.

    Prior to living here for 6+ years I would have been perhaps startled but folks that live here and see how things are done realize there is in fact, nothing to fear.

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  • Angie

    Are you kidding around here? I always feel those asian-american kinda of stupid. Well, only if China population could have been shrunk to less than 0.1 billion by that 2030 which might mean, China lacks of labor extremely that time, then it might be the chance of letting America work for China.
    How come China need more labor when here it has been already so populated and rich in labor? And, honestly, I’ve known that the potential hatred against those foreigners working in China exists, lots of Chinese even hate those outsiders coming here and competing for the jobs.
    And no matter what, it’s not easy to shrink such huge population into 0.1 billion or less. Otherwise, “One Child Policy” could have not been applied for so many years, but still seems ineffective.

    • tang

      Hello Daniel,

      Ok Im french and so what !

      I asked my marketing teacher about china and he said that basics westerners are afraid of China’s intention for the World. For today’s young generation China is as important as USA was for our parents generation. USA colonized europe thanks to a closer culture and language, and so eurpoean was not dwelling in the shadow of USA plans for shaping their World. It s harder for everybody to understand the China’as plan for the world future because of the language, the culutre . It s diserve a double effort from randoms.

      To answer to today china’s econnomy colonization of the world you need people to undrstand themselves to avoid creation of east and west block, you need media to communicate values of understandings you need advertising to binding up culutres.

      I was shocked by the “brand colonization ” from westerners in Shanghai and was wondering whether western brand really think that in a long term view Chinese young generation and his constant mores cultural changing will not feel touch and feel despised from this over western styled advertising that is shaping shanghai streets. It is famous that Chinese in Shanghai are less amazed by westerners and this for two main reasons if I could say:

      – They are use to them
      -Westerners are style acting as if they were in their own
      country

      Only few westerner share this point of view and Im curious of your thoughts about it.

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