Zhong Yusheng, 13, got into hot water for uploading videos of himself imitating teachers on the video-sharing platform Kuaishou. Photo: Handout Zhong Yusheng, 13, got into hot water for uploading videos of himself imitating teachers on the video-sharing platform Kuaishou. Photo: Handout
Zhong Yusheng, 13, got into hot water for uploading videos of himself imitating teachers on the video-sharing platform Kuaishou. Photo: Handout

Positive energy: the darker side of China’s social media catchphrase

  • Zheng neng liang was once little more than a fashionable online catchphrase, but its meaning has taken on a political hue
  • The death of a student raises a question: is something deeply negative hidden behind all that relentless positivity?

Topic |   Social media
Zhong Yusheng, 13, got into hot water for uploading videos of himself imitating teachers on the video-sharing platform Kuaishou. Photo: Handout Zhong Yusheng, 13, got into hot water for uploading videos of himself imitating teachers on the video-sharing platform Kuaishou. Photo: Handout
Zhong Yusheng, 13, got into hot water for uploading videos of himself imitating teachers on the video-sharing platform Kuaishou. Photo: Handout

Corrected [2:12pm, 22 Jun, 2020]

  • [2:12pm, 22 Jun, 2020]

    An earlier version of this story inadvertently carried an image of writer Jinghua Qian imitating Zhong Yusheng. This story has been updated with an image of Zhong only.

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