The Chinese "Internet Party" looks at Avatar
To the Chinese Internet party this was all absurd. Avatar, to the Chinese, is a story about urban renewal and corruption in China. As soon as the film opened and drew an immense audience, commenters on Chinasmack, one of the principle non-government web sites( translated from Chinese) said:
“(1) (cb900) Strongly condemn the Western director for using Avatar to allude to China’s current situation!!
(2) (abcd2012) Avatar is the story of violent eviction and demolition [of people's homes] in China.
(3) (1977) The humans actually failed to successfully evict and demolish [the aliens]?
(4) (chengguan): Truly embarrassing. Why didn’t they send China’s chengguan there earlier? “With the chengguan, the world is mine, hahahaha…
(5) (fly19820717) On what basis/authority do they openly demand to leave the land and homes they have lived in for generations?
(6) China’s demolition crews must go sue Old [James] Cameron, sue him for piracy/copyright infringement
(7). (shen92512) Stop making a fuss brothers! . Keep making a fuss and it will be banned like “Dwelling Narrowness“! And then we will only be able to watch recordings of Mao Zedong.
(8) This film is too reactionary, encouraging China’s ordinary common people to use violence to resist demolition!!![It is an] attempt to subvert the great China!!"
The Internet site comments reflect the rebelliousness, irony, and critical opinion that is part and parcel of contemporary Chinese life,