ust when you thought that Chinese television couldn’t possibly get any more exciting, Hunan TV has unveiled a new quiz show focused on the teachings of Xi Jinping.
The show, titled “Studying Xi in the New Era” (新时代学习大会), debuted on Sunday at 7:30 pm on Hunan Television, China’s second-most-watched channel. According to a People’s Daily write-up, it aims to use television and new media to help party members and young students learn new ideas and embrace China’s new era, carrying on the spirit of last year’s 19th Party Congress and advocating the incorporation of Xi Jinping Thought into all aspects of daily life.
It is the second season of an ideological quiz show produced by Hunan TV with help from local propaganda and education departments called “Socialism Wave” (社会主义有点潮). The series will be five episodes long with each episode lasting 40 minutes and focusing on a different aspect of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era (习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想).
The first episode explores where Xi Jinping Thought came from, the second what it is, the third what changes it will bring about, the fourth how it will be put in action, and the fifth where it will take China.
Each episode features three contestants who are whittled down to two by answering multiple choice questions individually about Xi Jinping Thought and related Communist Party ideologies. The two remaining contestants then go head-to-head to determine a winner. Meanwhile, several venerable university experts are on hand to help provide explanations about the subject matter as an audience of smiling youngsters look on.
The first episode of the show begins with a Chinese spaceship traveling back in time to visit with a Mandarin-speaking Marx.
Then, a floating robot asks a contestant questions dealing with the Communist Manifesto. Yes, seriously.
However, the show doesn’t dawdle too long in Germany, soon tracing the ideological path of Xi Jinping. In the second round, students listen to excerpts of Xi’s speeches and ring in to answer questions posed by a cheery moderator.
Sinologist David Moser shared one clip on Twitter from the game show in which the two young contestants listen to Xi speaking on how China must now move to the forefront and advance the cause of human development and social progress around the world. They are then asked the question: “What is the goal of great power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.”
“To develop new global partnerships and promote the building of a community with a shared future for humanity,” one of the contestants answered quickly.
New Hunan TV game show 《新时代学习大会》? (Studying Xi in a New Era). Student contestants listen to Xi Jinping speech excerpts and then, in game-show style, answer formulaic questions about Xi's policies. A new advance in the cult of personality drive. pic.twitter.com/Dl2WD35Uxx
— David Moser (@david__moser) October 1, 2018
Other questions in the first episode of “Studying Xi in the New Era,” included: “What is the guiding ideology of the Communist Party?” “How many years did Xi spend in the Liangjiahe Brigade in Northern Shaanxi?” and “What is the Communist Party of China oath?”
Here’s a preview of the show which helps to capture all of the excitement.
If you’d like to test your own Xi Jinping Thought knowledge, you can watch the first two episodes on Mango TV right now. The remaining episodes will air at 10 pm for the rest of the week.
Since becoming China’s top leader, Xi Jinping has broken with post-Mao tradition and cultivated his own cult of personality, including the release of a mobile app, “best-selling” books, and a game that allowed users to “clap for Xi.”
Meanwhile, Xi has consolidated his power within China’s leadership. Earlier this year, China did away with presidential term limits, allowing Xi to stay on as ruler for life. At the same time, Xi Jinping Thought was formallyenshrined into China’s Constitution.