Raised red: Party membership through three generations

By Zhang Lulu
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Wang Shujie (L) and Pan Yue are students at Capital Normal University. [Photo by Mariah Breeze/China.org.cn]

Millennial Party members

Unlike Ye, who witnessed the CPC leading China through the country's darkest and most turbulent times, Wang Shujie and Pan Yue, two girls aged 20, are more proud of the Party and the country's present activities.

The two are what's called Yubeidangyuan, or probationary Party members, which means that they are not fully-fledged CPC members yet.

The process of being admitted into the Party is arduous, said the two Chinese literature students of Capital Normal University.

They filed an application to the Party unit of the Chinese Department of their college last year. After being recognized as active candidates, they need to write 3000-word reports once a month regarding their opinion of the Party or a discussion of current affairs, attend Party-related sessions, take part in all the meetings organized by the Party unit and do volunteer work as much as they can.

Despite their tremendous efforts, only one or two students out of a 40-strong class will be admitted into the Party each year.

They believe joining the Party is "an honorable and purposeful thing to do."

Wang's parents and Pan's father are Party members, and they have influenced the two young women since they were children. But they are more drawn to the Party due to the miraculous achievements the Party and the country have made in the past few decades.

"For example, we now have quite good relations with the United States, our ties with Japan are improving, and we are good friends with South Korea. Thanks to the Party, China has more say in the world now than it did decades ago," said the two, beaming with pride.

They said they just had a debate in their dorm the night before, talking about the ongoing anti-corruption campaign in the country and various political systems throughout the world.

"Every political party has its problems, but it will improve itself if it keeps rectifying these problems, like the crackdown on corruption," Wang said.

Asked whether they admired the two-party or multi-party systems in other countries, they snapped, "No! They're unstable! They're not a match for China!"

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