Coming to a Chinese cinema near you: ‘Core Socialist Values’

Jackie Chan
Updated 05 July 2017

Coming to a Chinese cinema near you: ‘Core Socialist Values’

SHANGHAI: Chinese cinema-goers now have to sit through a short clip promoting “core socialist values” and President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese dream” political credo before the show starts — and some are not happy about it.
Authorities enlisted action star Jackie Chan and domestic film stars as part of the public-service adverts, which have been ordered shown at cinemas in China since July 1 and last a few minutes apiece, state media said.
Four videos were made under the title series “The glory and the dream — our Chinese dream,” borrowing from Xi’s vision of a revitalized China, and were an initiative of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, said the official Beijing Youth Daily.
“The purpose is to help people better understand and accept the (ruling communist) party’s principles and policies,” it added.
The state-aligned Global Times quoted one of the videos as saying: “No matter what you do, as long as you respect the country, our society, our nation and our family, you are helping us to realize the Chinese dream.”
“Many came late for the movie just to avoid the short video and others complained about the video after watching the movie,” the Global Times quoted one cinema employee as saying.
Users on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform, expressed mixed feelings.
“Had planned on going to the cinema but heard there is now a China dream trailer at the beginning, forget it,” wrote one.
But another, named Good Netizen from Henan, wrote: “Three generations of film stars spreading positive energy in society.
They expressed the aspirations of a Chinese person, every ordinary Chinese person’s Chinese dream.”


Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

Updated 25 August 2019

Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

  • Judge who married the couple also pronounced them dead at the scene

ORANGE, Texas: Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas “childhood sweethearts” were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married.
Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.
“I’m talking five minutes. You may kiss the bride,” said Orange Police Cpt. Keith Longlois. “The family was right behind them. They were all going out to go to wherever they were going to have their reception,” he said.
Longlois said they were “childhood sweethearts” who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.
He said the groom was driving when he tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane highway. A truck pulling a trailer carrying a heavy tractor slammed into their vehicle. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.
The driver of the truck was not identified but Longlois said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no sign of wrongdoing. Drug and alcohol tests would be conducted, he said.
“I had to sit there and watch my two babies die,” the mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan, told the Beaumont Enterprise.