Top 10 Reasons The Hunger Games is Actually About China — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Reasons The Hunger Games is Actually About China — TopTenzNet


10 Reasons The Hunger Games is Actually About China 10. China Already Has Districts One of the central features of Collins’
Hunger Games universe is the 12 (or 13—but more on that later) Districts, distinct in
everything from the food they eat to their peculiar traditions and especially the industries
through which they support Panem and the governing Capitol. While the idea is that America, following
a civil war, was divided into these dozen districts, it actually much more closely reflects
China’s current and historical makeup. As you may already know, “Chinese” is neither
a language nor an ethnicity, but rather an externally imposed label covering a huge variety
of rich cultures, histories, languages and traditions that persist to this day, reflective
of the numerous tribes and various kingdoms that have come and gone throughout the massive
region today known as China. And as for the signature cuisines and dishes
of the various Districts—well, that also exists in China, and has for centuries. Americans
may get fussy over whether barbecue is best prepared with a dry rub or smothered with
a tangy-sweet brown sauce, but China’s culinary traditions are unmistakably regional and diverse. Likewise, individual cities are even known
for the particular output and specialization of their factories and industry. One enterprising
factory owner with an overseas contract will routinely see a former employee quit, just
to set up sweatshop across the street providing the same widgets and goods using the same
sort of machinery—and supplied with workers migrating from impoverished agrarian regions
who missed the modernization bus. Just as the Districts of Panem are virtually foreign
to one another’s citizens, so are the various regions of China all but different nations
compared to one another. 9. Beijing is The Capital Panem is ruthlessly governed by an authoritarian
regime in The Capitol, recognizable to readers as Denver, Colorado. But the climax of the
final book/movie, in which the protagonists must navigate a labyrinthine network of booby
traps and confounding urban planning to reach the true government palace, feels a lot more
like The Forbidden City, a massive fortress-like series of walls, courtyards, and enclaves
smack in the middle of China’s actual capital, Beijing. By design, this ancient mega structure combines
opulence with defensive infrastructure, both luxurious and imposing, exactly as The Capitol
is presented in the final chapters of the stories. But the similarities aren’t limited
to a single building. Both The Capitol and real-life Beijing are
disproportionately large, vibrant, cultural centers and trendsetters, housing an authoritarian
government and replete with architecture, extravagance, and big city self-importance
that simply can’t be matched by any other city in the nation. 8. The 2008 Olympics Speaking of opulence, Beijing played host
to the single-most expensive, over-the-top Olympic games and ceremonies in history, dropping
over $42 million in an effort to present a visage of power, wealth, and status to the
world—which is also the explicit purpose of the titular Hunger Games: an annual demonstration
of intimidation and unmatchable spectacle. Rather than using that wealth and influence
to establish social programs, improve access to technology, economic opportunity, or even
basic services, Beijing, like The Capitol, reinvested in its own image on the biggest
scale possible. Hell, even the opening ceremonies of the Beijing
Olympics present an uncanny similarity to how the movie version of Catching Fire visualized
the arrival of the Tributes for what was to be the 75th Hunger Games. And just as Gale lamented the compulsory viewership
of the Hunger Games, many Beijingers found themselves less than enthused about hosting
the Olympic games when China’s government forcibly relocated some 1.5 million inhabitants
of the city to make room for the event. 7. Confucianism One of the more perplexing features of the
citizens of Panem in the books and movies is their willingness to tolerate the oppressive
government and systemic abuse they suffer. China, however, is the home to an ancient
code of rules and ethics bordering on a religion known as Confucianism. While the influence
of Confucius can be seen well beyond China, in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, Confucius himself
lived in the heart of China, and used his role as a royal adviser to instruct rulers
and, by extension, the entire nation according to his standards of conduct. Key among these
was the idea of obedience, deference to authority, and every individual recognizing his or her
role and relative rank in society. In essence, one of China’s most important
cultural touchstones and farthest-reaching global influence has been the notion that
the rule of a central authority is absolute, and violating that norm is dishonorable and
the source of disharmony on earth. And, far from being viewed as an outdated relic of
history, Confucianism continues to enjoy great support and relevance among Chinese citizens
today. In The Hunger Games stories, the people are
clearly dissatisfied with their lot, but they can’t bring themselves to fight back against
their oppression until they have a new, seemingly charismatic figure behind which they can rally
and derive some semblance of empowerment and authority. 6. The Group Over The Individual Confucian tradition not only explains why
an entire nation would be complacent in the face of an ineffective, barbaric, oppressive
government, it provides the context for the central feature of The Hunger Games stories:
the games themselves. What could compel two-dozen children to obediently
participate in a charade that ultimately sees them fight to the death until only one, deeply
traumatized victor remains? They are promised, for their trouble, a bounty of food and basic
goods delivered to their home district, should they manage to gladiate their way through
their peers. China’s ancient principles also dictate
that the individual—one person’s needs, wants, emotions, and identity—is subordinate
to the needs of society or the larger group. This Spock-like mentality is one of the biggest
stumbling blocks for the hyper-individualist Westerner trying to understand China, and
it helps clarify why, for 75 years, the Tributes of the Hunger Games have apparently played
along with the sadism and done their best to chop each other to pieces on television
without so much as a seemingly appropriate hunger strike or even the odd John Lennon
song. When you see yourself as a servant to society
at large, you don’t fight the system, you try to make it work for whatever group whose
membership includes you—especially when your parents and siblings are counting on
you. That would also explain why, when Katniss suddenly doesn’t play by the rules, it upends
the entire system and leads to a national revolution. 5. The One Child Policy From 1979 to 2016 (the policy will officially
end next year), the Chinese government attempted to control the growth of its billions-strong
population through a rule that mandated that couples (with some exceptions) could only
have one child. In a society that values males significantly over females, having a baby
girl was no longer a simple matter of rigging up the stirrups and trying again. Instead, decades of forced abortions, infanticide,
and sex trafficking created a disproportionately male (and sad, lonely, and spoiled) population
that eventually forced the government to reverse course and allow couples multiple children.
So either families aborted or otherwise disposed of infant girls in order to use their One
Child quota to have male offspring, or government officials on the watch for a baby bump would
compel them make do with their firstborn, female or otherwise. While this could hardly condition a society
to enthusiastically cheer for the violent deaths of their teenagers in a nationally
broadcast bloodbath, it is certainly closer in context to the operation and results of
the Hunger Games. It also better explains why, on the eve of
the 75th Hunger Games, Peeta’s last-ditch effort to save Katniss by claiming she is
pregnant ignites some mild outrage, but ultimately doesn’t get her a pass. Neither the novels
nor the films even suggests that a basic pregnancy test was administered before Katniss got shunted
back into the arena. 4. Taiwan is District 13 Over the course of the series, District 13
goes from a haunting reminder of the power of The Capitol, to a rumor, to a living, thriving
District and major player in the revolution, whose own leadership attempts to overthrow
The Capitol and retake Panem at large from the ruling regime. Funny story—that is exactly what Taiwan’s
government originally planned on doing. During World War II, rival factions in China
united to drive out the occupying Japanese. When they succeeded, they resumed their conflict
in earnest, with Mao’s Communist forces eventually defeating Chiang Kai-Shek’s Nationalists,
who in turn fled to Taiwan and set up—in their view—a government in exile. Both the
mainland Communists and Taiwanese Nationalists saw themselves as the legitimate and rightful
government of all of China. America, ever fearful of the dirty red Commies, threw its
support behind Taiwan with heaps of military hardware and the tacit assurance that, if
Mainland China initiated conflict, the U.S. would have Taiwan’s back—with extreme
prejudice. Over time, of course, the impracticality of
Taiwan’s political ambitions cooled their plans, and they focused more on domestic development
on the island than retaking the homeland. Add in America’s diplomatic switcheroo in
1979, in which the Mainland government, rather than Taiwan, was viewed as the legitimate
Chinese authority, and you get the current state of affairs: a tenuous, semi-official
agree-to-disagree One China Policy, governed by two systems: communism on the mainland,
and democracy on Taiwan. Just as The Capitol and District 13 agreed
not to destroy each other entirely, allowing The Capitol to save face and District 13 to
carry on in its own, semi-independent way, Mainland China and Taiwan do their best to
dance around the issue of just what their relationship—and risk of open war—is. 3. China Might Actually Nuke Itself Even though America doesn’t openly contest
the One China Policy, it has continued to retail military hardware on the island and
quietly dissuade the Mainland from initiating any aggression against Taiwan. In the event
of open conflict, China could feasibly launch a nuclear strike against Taiwan—which, according
to Beijing’s standards, would constitute a domestic nuclear strike, aka a nuclear civil
war; exactly what Panem’s citizens say happened in the years before the Hunger Games. Because of this, one of the key threats The
Capitol holds over the heads of the Districts is that it has all the nukes, and no one could
possibly bring a viable military challenge to its might. As the endless parade of NRA
spokesmen and Second Amendment enthusiasts have repeatedly assured us, guns are an American
value never to be surrendered or infringed upon. So how does all the firepower end up in Denver
in The Hunger Games universe? It doesn’t—it’s in Taiwan. If America could be convinced not to intervene
in such a civil affair (and nukes make a compelling argument), the Mainland already has some 30
years of experience shutting out the rest of the world and doing its own thing, leaving
Taiwan sitting on a pile of “Made in America” munitions while Beijing sets up cameras in
trees and hosts tryouts for blue-haired commentators. If and when the revolution comes, it will
ultimately come from outside the mainland—where all the weaponry is. 2. Television is Packed With Propaganda The Districts of Panem aren’t completely
without the hallmarks of modernity; everyone has access to what are essentially televisions,
which broadcast the annual Games along with a bevy of informational and entertaining content. Except all that content is actually just propaganda—usually
made without any effort to conceal that fact—churned out and strictly controlled by The Capitol
to indoctrinate and intimidate in equal measure. China has also learned to worship the glowing
box, and, much like The Capitol, Beijing authorities have honed their skills in managing and manufacturing
content with a decidedly propagandist bent. At any given time, there is a war movie on
at least one channel on Chinese public television—specifically, a movie about China’s experiences as a nation
during the period we know as World War II, which falls into one of two categories: vilifying
the monstrous Japanese occupation of China, or vindicating the glorious Communist uprising
that swept the nation and turned it into the wealthy, globally revered superpower China
is today. One of the central plots of the final book
(and two movies) in The Hunger Games series involves the opposing cadres disseminating
competing propaganda messages in an effort to sway the revolutionary tide. They are transparent
about the fact that it is propaganda (they call the televised bits “propos”), and
that it is central to their overall strategies in winning the looming war. China also makes no bones about its propagandist
intent: it even has an official Central Propaganda Department (an arm of the Communist Party)
to support and balance government efforts to control the internet, all public broadcasting,
and even international English media. 1. The Hunger Games Already Happened…in
China And it was called The Great Leap Forward.
Over the course of roughly four years (1958-1962) that were supposed to mark China’s transition
to a fully modern world power, somewhere between 20 and 45 million Chinese citizens died, of
causes ranging from starvation (which was the big one) to being tortured to death by
secret police. To this day, estimates of the total casualties vary greatly, because the
official party line on the tragedy is one mostly of denial, or attributing any food
shortages to the weather. Granted, The Hunger Games only manage to ice
children in groups of 23, depending on the year and Games, but in a country with something
close to a fifth of the global population, everything happens on a grander scale. Much like the Districts are responsible for
providing for The Capitol through production in their various industries, Mao decided to
mobilize the countryside to out-smelt Britain and produce record-setting quantities of steel.
So farmers with zero experience in ironworks set up backyard furnaces in every village
and every hovel to melt down whatever they decided was made of metal. Simultaneously, infrastructure projects were
undertaken to make China’s farming communes more productive than ever before. The intense
pressure to perform—along with hyperbolic propaganda touting the performance of various
provinces—drove the various communes and regions to exaggerate their own output, which
in turn led to the government hoarding more and more food on the assumption that there
was just so much to go around, they could afford to keep increasing quotas and adding
to the surplus and exports. Of course, they didn’t really have the steel
or the food, so people died in droves of starvation—if they could escape the roving cadres looking
for those who weren’t Communist enough and threatened to bring the whole mood down. Curiously, whenever the Tributes visit The
Capitol, they are overwhelmed by the contract with their own Districts, where people are
starving and subsisting on stone soup while residents of The Capitol have more food than
they can physically consume. And anyone who complains can expect a visit from Peacekeepers,
who pretty much flog or execute every would-be Oliver Twist asking for some more, please.

100 Replies to “Top 10 Reasons The Hunger Games is Actually About China — TopTenzNet

  1. The most common Chinese TV series ever: Fighting the Japanese, despairing at first, then having the tide turn in their favor, ignoring the American nuke, then civil war.

  2. I should take a drunk every time someone misuses the term or References to communism ("communist" "commie" "reds" etc. ) I'd be so drunk by now.

  3. One of our male celebrity actually has more followers on social media than the whole population of Taiwan, sorry no offense to anyone.

  4. there was also district 2 and 3 who trained people to win the hunger games, just like china's Olympic training for kids.

  5. TL;DR: None of this drivel is actually valid
    The Hunger Games is partially based on the story of Theseus… This is only about China because 1) you misinterpret what you think you know about the world 2) you're extremely biased. Wow, China's divided into districts? Kinda like the way the US is composed of states and Australia and Canada are composed of provinces? Surprise! Local foods are also not exclusive to China, and with any country, different regions with different climates and environments yield various food sources. And guess what? Beijing isn't rigged up with deathtraps, and thanks to pollution, it's not really an oasis. It's only the way you describe it BECAUSE IT'S THE CAPITAL. Washington DC has a lot of crazy shit going on too… And how many countries have hosted the olympics? Couldn't the hunger games be about Greece, or Russia, or Japan by your "logic?" The people of Panem only suffer the oppression of the Government because the only other option is to DIE. It's not about honor… The one-child rule has not only been relaxed, but is in place to avoid wasting precious resources. And taiwan isn't District 13, China doesn't pretend that it doesn't exist, it just claims that it's a part of China. You said that China would nuke itself by nuking Taiwan? Taiwan's not even a part of China. Furthermore, our media is also packed with propaganda too, just look at this video. The CPC's "great leap forward" was nothing like the hunger games, because it wasn't a widely televised bloodbath meant to intimidate the large lower class for the enjoyment of the rich.

  6. I would actually argue that the Hunger Games is actually about Russia during the Russian Revolution. If you look the plot line follows "Animal Farm". A rich royal class i.e. district 1 is overthrown by the poor (the other districts), the leaders of which become the people they were trying to overthrow (president Coin). The only difference is that the new leaders get cut down before they take absolute power.

  7. Thank you for waiting to post this video until there were already many millions of Hunger Games books and DVDs circulating in China…. ;{ )

  8. wait… 1:50 what happened with Baikal lake and Sakhalin island? this is Russia or… not anymore in some really close future?

  9. You just don't get it. You can say its about the struggle of anything and still be correct. Equal rights, Syria, inequality and etc.

  10. Sorry, but it's not China- Panem could be any state lead by a dictator.
    Nazi Germany called their districts 'Gaue', for example.

  11. Biased and propaganda. Anywhere besides America puts group over individual. Because of the strong individualism, America is doomed soon. Also, what is wrong with displaying ones power?

  12. ik it seems cruel but without china's one child policy the world will become grossly over populated extremely fast with it already being the most populated place on earth even if each couple only had 2 kids it'd spell disaster

  13. New Theory Donald Trump is turning or going to trun America into The Hunger Games. He's buliding a wall, people are rebelling against him,he is shuting many food supplying programs tons of Americans relies on to feed themselves,everyone but the small population of Trump supporters hate Trump some are planing on killing him. See America's turning into The Hunger Games. Not only tgat but Trump is also like Snow in many ways he's almost Sniw in real life

  14. Apparently there was a lot less abortion and killing in China than we've been told. A lot of women were born and just kept hidden. Population numbers don't support the idea that they were all more often being killed or aborted.

  15. Thank God, I hope China pops out thousands and millions of kids so that we can conscript them to help gain power over the evil world.

  16. I thought it was based on the Russian revolution with President snow being tsar Nicholas and President coin being Joseph Stalin.

  17. Wait what!? Whats wrong with war movie channel on number 2? War is almost part of the Chinese culture of defending eachother and pacifying one another. I mean they are not propaganda. They are movies full of drama and pretty much the same way you would watch a film. Believe me they are quite cool to watch with sound effects.

  18. You can map some things to China, but it is not "actually about" China. That's just bad clickbaity titles and you're normally better than that.

  19. This movie is just an Americans way of saying that China is horrible as they dislike anyone being stronger militarily, having a better industry and generally being better which is depressing for them as most countries are without trying.

  20. Strongly disagree!!!
    China has faced many rebilions in the history despite Confuciusism..
    It has provinces and it has a quota system for underprivileged provinces

  21. Seriously just watch battle royale, she ripped it off! I can still enjoy hunger games but battle royale is incredible

  22. The fact that hunger games is a giant rip off from battle royale. Yeah i would say it carries major eastern group mentality in the undertones

  23. Strongly agree. The final battle scene in Capitol is almost an exact ripoff of Tiananmen Square documentaries. And for a long long time, Beijing/shanghai & the upper enchlon of the communist party enjoyed pretty much everything modern society provides, while the rest of the country starved and lived in dark ages w/o electricity, tap water, or paved road. There was no real fence separating Beijing & the rest of the country, but moving from one place to another especially from the countryside to the cities was practically impossible & you couldn't travel anywhere w/o travel passes issued by government. Tons of money r wasted on putting up various kinds of extravagances instead of feeding starving children. The only and the biggest difference is the people of the districts hate Capitol and resent the life they are forced into, while the Chinese people have been so brainwashed that 99% have no capacity to think 4 themselves & totally buy into the propaganda their 'capitol' is the benevolent lords that they are so fortunate to be bestowed. Geez! A country that not even the brothers and sisters of your own supreme rulers want to live in and you think it's heaven?

  24. Considering she ripped off a chunk of the plot from an older novel that was banned in Japan,you'd hope she stole it right…

  25. I wonder how many ppl who are making negative comments and hitting dislike are working for the "50 cent army" or are little pinks?

  26. Should've done "Top 10 reasons why Hunger Games a direct rip-off of the Japanese book/movie 'Battle Royale".

  27. The host did it again .. this time you said "specicifity" when you wanted to say "specificity." You lost me as an audience member.

  28. As someone who lives in China and did while reading the first book, this is really grasping at straws. A lot of nations have/had districts.
    Beijing is a capital city, that's where the similarity there begins and ends. Shanghai is more similar to the Capital.
    A lot of nations host the Olympics.
    A lot of communist authoritarian nations exist.
    Number 6 is the same as number 7, communism.
    The one child policy was only for the major cities, not all of China.
    A lot nations of disputed territories.
    A lot of nations have civil wars.
    US television is full of propaganda as well, we don't have WWII films?
    A lot of nations have had major deaths for various reasons. Millions of people starving to death isn't quite the same as a fight to the death competition. Boy what a stretch.

  29. The Chinese government "disappeared" actress Fan Bingbing for 3 months and fined her £120 million in back taxes when they thought she was getting full of herself this year. You don't mess with the Chinese government. The Chinese government messes with YOU.

  30. You disabled comments for the video about American war crimes, so I'll leave mine here.
    The Geneva Convention lists as the worst war crime possible is the preparation, and carrying out of unprovoked wars of aggression. The United States of America is guilty of these crimes on quite a few counts, most recently the Vietnam War, (although never declared), two wars in Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan that is the longest war in United States history. None of these countries ever posed a clear and present threat to America. In each case the wars were initiated by America in some devious way, and the motives were other than those stated by the government or the military that imposed these tragic and unnecessary acts of mass violence on the world. And in each case, the perpetrators were never brought to justice, or even seen as being law breakers.

  31. Spe- ci- fi- ci- ty Simon. The word is specificity. For all the attempts at pronouncing foreign words from languages you didn't know from the cradle, you get a pass- but someone of your intellectual acumen has got to be able to clearly enunciate his English. Otherwise, love your work- please do keep the content coming

  32. Are you not going to mention the whole thing about Hunger Games basically being a rip off of Battle Royale? Speak to your friend Karl Smallwood about it 😉

  33. I could be wrong but i don't remember a one child rule in the hunger games. The main character katniss had a little sister. But i am going by the movies im not sure if the books was different on this?

  34. All right, to all the "Battle Royale" enthusiasts, it WAS a great movie. But pertaining to "The Hunger Games", even Stephen King already referred to them as a ripoff of his short novel: "The Long Walk", which was published in '79. He also said that the trope of sacrificing young adults goes back to the myth of once a year sending some into the labyrinth to appease the Minotaur from ancient Greece.

  35. Honestly I feel Hunger Games is a spin off to a 90's Japanese Movie Titled: Battle Royale the similarities are uncanny. That is an Interesting theory too of China

  36. If anyone had read the interview with the author they would realize that the series is not based on any one culture but a combination of to different concepts.

    The news and reality TV contests.

  37. Ok I already totally disagree with number 10.
    Number 9- temple do heaven is not at the forbidden city, and both are empty! Only tourists
    I could keep going l

  38. The gov of Taiwan WAS the hovering of China! They fled there to Taiwan when as mao ze dong had slowly but progressively taken over

  39. Number 1 they took all the metal because mao thought that through a little alchemy that if they melt it they could turn it into gold

  40. US has Dc, a central government, not unlike Beijing in China
    And foods are not totally exclusive to ‘districts’ (In English we call the provinces, and China isn’t the only country with them):

    Foods are not totally exclusive to princes either..

  41. All the idiots who say Collins ripped off "Battle Royale" obviously never read the books. That Japanese "Battle Royale" is clearly garbage compared to this masterpiece. And if you don't see that, then that means you didn't understand a thing about the Hunger Games. Don't knock it if you don't understand it. You're just peacocking your ignorance.

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