How the CCP took its ‘positive energy’ ideology from a British self-help book

Early this month in Changzhou, China, a ten-year-old girl jumped to her death from a school window, after her writing teacher accused her of lacking ‘positive energy’. Her death has sparked a debate in China about the widespread use of this term, especially as a weapon of ideological control by the state.



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Jules Evans

Author of Philosophy for Life and other books. Honorary fellow, Centre for the History of the Emotions.