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A Young Patriot' explores the trend of passionate patriotism in China`s youth born after 1990. It follows 19-year-old Zhao, a flag-waving, slogan-shouting 'patriotic exhibitionist' for 3 years. His father is a factory worker (when not gambling), his mother a housewife, his older bother a proud soldier in PRC`s 60th anniversary military parade, and his younger brother has quit school to support the family. They live in a run-down courtyard and seem forgotten by China`s 'economic miracle'. Zhao leaves home to go to University where his values are challenged by new western influences and he teeters between old-fashioned Maoist patriotism and pragmatic thinking about the future. Du Haibin weaves this human story with a more general look at growing Chinese patriotism, questioning where it comes from, what it is, and where it might lead.