Asia Times: A seemingly baseless rumour has surfaced that Adolf Hitler was raised by a family of Chinese expats living in Vienna. This has prompted an internet sensation on China’s version of Facebook, Kaixin. 170,000 views and 40,000 comments does seem significant; and the author argues that if this idea does gain mass tractio it will be the antithesis to the image of its ‘peaceful rise’. Perhaps especially so that China’s internet generation is still in its infancy and susceptible to the agenda setting consequences of a mass dumbed-down culture fueled by fervour.
Of the people who left comments, 38.8% believe that Hitler was raised by Chinese, 7.1% believe that Hitler supported China in World War II, 4.6% regard Hitler as a hero, and 9.1% hope that China will have a leader similar to Hitler.
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Hitler and the Chinese Internet generation
By Richard Komaiko
Source – Asia Times Online, published May 25, 2011
On Thursday, May 19, prominent Danish film director Lars von Trier publicly expressed sympathy for Adolph Hitler. The board of directors of Cannes, the world’s pre-eminent film festival, promptly announced that Von Trier was no longer welcome at the festival. 
This was a brave decision, especially considering that Von Trier’s latest film is considered a contender for the festival’s top prize. Meanwhile, an ocean away, sympathy for Hitler is proliferating, but bravery is nowhere to be found. There is a growing trend in the Chinese blogosphere to vocalize praises and expressions of support for Hitler. If Chinese authorities fail to address this problem, dangerous consequences may ensue. Read the rest of this entry »