This may be. But there are a great many youths in China who are quite ignorant of the particular circumstance of that era. The other day my wife & I were chatting with an old friend of ours (and the man who helped arrange our marriage). My wife too is ignorant of the circumstances then & 屠老師 （as he’s known) told her a little fact of life from that era to enlighten her a bit.
‘We never used pens back then,’ he said, ‘we wrote in chalk.’
‘Why?,’ We asked.
‘Because things written with pens & even pencils cannot be quickly erased or disposed of. Chalk marks can be rubbed away extremely quickly. So fearful we were of being denounced as a traitor that we wished to leave nothing of any permanence behind.’
Now does this sound anything like that seen in modern America? Are we even moving in that direction. There are no such fears. There’s no need for such fears. We’re talking & shouting & expressing ourselves more freely & fearlessly than ever (including Trump himself who, if anything, can be described as a man who uses his freedom of speech to the fullest).
I think this may be a culture thing. A lot of Mainlanders, coming as they do from a corrupt & repressive Communist despotism, have a somewhat difficult time adapting themselves to our more freewheeling & boisterous free society. Liberty scares them a bit & they often misinterpret what is actually happening & so mistake liberty for the sort of ‘chaos’ that those with authoritarian personalities hate. And, yes, those hailing from the Mainland generally have ‘authoritarian personalities’. My wife used to have one too but it’s slowly vanished as she’s learned to appreciate the superiority of free societies over the sort of authoritarian societies found on the Communist Mainland.