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Lei Feng has been propagandized as a model of emulation for the People's Liberation Army soldiers since the 1960s. This paper uses Lei Feng as a yardstick to measure contemporary young soldiers' general behaviors and orientations. We are interested to find out to what extent contemporary young soldiers have accepted the Chinese Communist Party's political education and have followed the norm set by the Party. It is found that the widely publicized Chinese role model has exerted little influence on contemporary young soldiers. Young soldiers today are utilitarian and materialistic, sharing the same youth culture with most Chinese youths of other social sectors.


CAPS Working Paper Series No.144 (11/03)

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Chan, C. P. (2003). Yesterday's Lei Feng and today's young people's liberation army soldiers (CAPS Working Paper Series No.144). Retrieved from Lingnan University website: