A netizen, @SGdude90, shared how his father has been watching PRC propaganda YouTube channels for years, and now wants to join China as a soldier if war ever comes.
Here is what he said
How do I clear my Dad’s brainwashing? He wants to join China as a soldier
I wish I was joking
My Dad has watched PRC propaganda YouTube channels for years. Today he scared the crap out of me when he announced that should war come to China, he’ll fight for China as a soldier even if he is renounced by SG
He even said Chinese blood (Chinese as in people from China, not Chinese-race from SG) flows in all of us. He is also far more critical of Western countries (especially USA) and Taiwan nowadays.
My Dad was never like this before. Any tips how I should approach this?
- Kindly remind him the last time anyone thought like that, an estimated 50 million died.
- Don’t directly argue with him – he’s primed for a fight and expecting it. You want to play things much more subtle. It takes a lot of patience, time, and energy to go this route, but it’s probably the only way to get through to him.
You want to kind of play dumb – ask him to explain how he reaches his conclusions, and actually listen to what he says. Don’t argue everything he gets wrong, but choose your targets for argument wisely. Say things like “but I thought…” then point out something that either he contradicts himself with, or something that’s a well-known fact that he can’t argue.
But keep your contradictions to a minimum – if he thinks you’re just looking to argue with him instead of understanding where he’s coming from, then you’ll put him back on his guard.
Don’t push too hard – you have to give these bits of contradictions time to work their way into his thought processes. Over time, the fact these contradictions with the propaganda he keeps accepting keep coming up should slowly allow enough doubt to build up in his mind that he doesn’t take them as seriously anymore
- my dad too. when Pelosi visited Taiwan he was super angry and edgy and kept shouting into the TV whenever they show Taiwan. kept saying they are all chinese and should return to the motherland.
70ish man yelling at the tv like a 4 year old.