(Foreign Policy) Zhou Xiaoping, a 33-year-old, selfie-snapping blogger, has quickly become the new face of Chinese patriotism -- or, some would say, nationalism. On Oct. 15, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a forum in Beijing in which the president called for art to serve socialist ends. Among those lauded by name was Zhou, who has rocketed to prominence with a number of blog entries harshly critical of the United States. Three of these -- "Broken Dreams in the USA," "Fly, Chinese Dreams," and "Their Dreams and our Flags" -- were reprinted together the next day in elite Communist Party media, a strong show of support for Zhou's ideas.
There's been no shortage of controversy in China since, over Zhou's intellect, his motivations, and the veracity of some of the claims he makes about the United States. What exactly about Zhou's writings is so irksome to some Chinese -- and so attractive to others? Foreign Policy translates selected portions of one of Zhou's better-known works, "Broken Dreams in the USA," below.