The Little Yellow Book, quotations from Chairman Xi Dada includes 300 quotations from China’s president Xi Jinping one of the most powerful men in today’s world. Out of hundreds of speeches, press releases and news, the authors curated this “best of” covering a disparate of subjects since the first moment Mr. Xi assumed office, back in the winter of 2012, until October of 2018. Within 180 pages of easy-to-read material, the Little Yellow Book highlights Xi’s governing philosophies centered on Chinese Dream, elaborating on a variety of issues from culture and arts to climate change, from Internet control to One Belt, One Road, from national security to military vision, from innovation and green development to wealth sharing. Apparently inspired by its far-famed predecessor the Little Red Book, Xi Dada’s quotes are plucked out of context and strung together without much regard for chronology. Chairman Mao’s red booklet boasted to be the second most printed book after the Bible. It was used during the Cultural Revolution not only to streamline ideology, but also as a weapon to defend communist China against its enemies. While currently being fleshed out by Party scholars, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristic for a New Era are commanding domestic media channel as well as occupying the country’s ad spaces and billboards to be studied on a daily basis by its citizens. School children and Party officials alike have been learning the theories named after political theorists like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong. College students and white-collar employees receive certificates for accurately memorizing Xi Jinping Thought and use it as a guidebook for living, working and policymaking. In the first week of October 2018, Hunan TV, one of China’s largest television networks, has aired a new quiz show about the life and philosophy of China’s current leader. The ideology was recently written into the Chinese Constitution.
With close-ups and a real-time camera running approach, this fine collection of Xi Dada’s quotes is an attempt to reveal the true intentions of China’s leader. In a world overwhelmed by information, this one little book cuts through noises and gives some solid yet to-the-point answers to the China-related issues that are relevant for the world today and tomorrow. Apparently inspired by its famous predecessor The Little Red Book, this small publication not only taps into the current trend of bringing political tracts into the 21st century, it’s vigorously different and delivers more within less pages. Click here for PRI’s The World story on the project.
About the Authors:
Julie O’Yang- Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the Foreword, she writes about the purpose of the Little Yellow Book is “to distill the huge volumes of Xi Jinping Thought and pen into a small booklet that even a semi-illiterate could read, memorize, or set to music.” She works from Europe (The Netherlands/Denmark).
Fernando Eloy- All-round creative human being. Interestingness hunter-gatherer. Founder of MaisOrient Film Productions (Macau). In love with everything he does. Born in Lisbon in the spring of 1966, Eloy made his media debut working as radio DJ and journalist for pirate radio stations. During his 1980’s “pirate” period, together with 2 other partners, he founded Radio 98, a popular Lisbon youth radio which was later renamed Super FM. In 1996, as producer and promoter, he landed Portugal’s first Surfing World Championship event, the Coca-Cola Figueira Pro 96, while he continued working for various media outlets either contributing to and/or coordinating scriptwriting for TV productions. In 2001, he moved to Macau and became a committee member of the Macau East Asian Games Organizing Committee. In 2005, Eloy directed his first documentary, “350 Meters”, and in 2006, he produced a series of shows for ESPN Star Sports (Singapore). Ever since then, he has directed documentaries about the city of Macau, corporate films and one short feature, June (2012). From 2016, Eloy has paused actual filming to build a slate of feature films, TV series and stories for online applications with Julie O’yang.