Photos: “If I were elected a deputy to Chinese legislature, what I would propose”

February 29, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

From NetEase

The annual “two sessions” – one for the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, and the other for Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, convene in Beijing on March 5 this year. Reporters with Xinhua News Agency visited a college campus, a bus station, a hospital, a construction site among other places and talked to 11 people from all walks of life. The 11 ordinary Chinese seem to have a lot to say on the topic “If I Could Propose A Motion”.

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Wen Baochen, 26, from Inner Mongolia, is a third-year master’s student in literature at China Media University.

Left: Wen Baochen studies in a classroom inside No.48 Building at China Media University, preparing for the civil service exam.
Top Right: Wen Baochen stands at the entrance of the building.
Bottom Right: Wen Baochen’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I wish that grants and financial aid for graduate students could be increased.” (Photos were taken on February 15.)

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Xu Feng, 52, a doctor at Beijing Hospital, has been in the practice for 29 years.

Left: Xu Feng asks a patient his recovery after a cardiovascular surgery during his usual rounds.
Top Right: Xu Feng sits in the hospital’s on-call room.
Bottom Right: Xu Feng’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I would suggest that a scheme of workload-based payment for medical practitioners be really implemented.” (Photos were taken on February 17.)

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Zhu Xueyi, a tourist in Tiananmen Square, is a 21-year-old sophomore student majoring in in-flight service at a college in the city of Xi’an.

Left: Zhu Xueyi (right) and her classmate walk past the east end of Tiananmen Square.
Top Right: Zhu Xueyi stands in front of the Great People’s Hall.
Bottom Right: Zhu Xueyi’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I hope I could help college students solve their employment problems. ” (Photos were taken on February 20.)

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Jia Wenying, 37, has been a teacher for 18 years and is right now teaching at Dawang Road Elementary School in Beijing.

Left: Jia Wenying is teaching fifth graders Chinese literature.
Top right: Jia Wenying stands in the aisle inside a school building.
Bottom Right: “If I could propose a motion, I hope that the mechanism for evaluating students could be improved for the benefit of students’ long-term and all-round development.” (Photos were taken on February 16.)

(Note: Chinese education has long been criticized for rote memorization that discourages independent thinking and chokes creativity. Read our article: Mass destruction of textbooks, suicide…The tragicomic Chinese College Entrance Examination)

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Liu Jia, 27, has been a software programmer for 7 years.

Left: Liu Jia works at a company in Beijing’s Guo Mao area, the city’s CBD.
Top Right: Liu Jia stands in his office.
Bottom Right: Liu Jia’s wish:  “If I could propose a motion, I would want Internet connection speed in Guo Mao CBD area to be increased.” (Photos were taken on February 16.)

(Note: According to a report released for Q3 of 2011 by the largest CDN service provider Akamai, China ranked only 90 in global Internet speed ranking. )

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Zhang Shujing, 34, has been a Peking Opera singer for 23 years.

Left: Zhang Shujing gets ready for her performance in the dressing room at Beijing’s Chang’an Grand Theatre.
Top Right: Zhang Shujing stands in the dressing room.
Bottom Right: Zhang Shujing’s wish: “If I could propose a motion: I hope that the salary package for Peking Opera singers can be improved.” (Photos were taken on February 16.)

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Yao Baoqiang, 49, has been a public bus driver in Beijing for 31 years.

Left: Yang Baoqiang waits at Sihui Station for passengers to board the bus.
Top Right: Yang Baoqiang sits at the wheel on No.1 Bus.
Bottom Right: Yang Baoqiang’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I hope that greater efforts should be made to enforce the policy of prioritizing public transport.” (Photos were taken on February 17.)

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Li Yunlong, 21, from Henan province, has been a construction worker for 3 years and is right now working on a construction site near Beijing’s Jianguomen.

Left: Li Yunlong communicates with his fellow workers through a walkie-talkie.
Top Right: Li Yunlong stands on the construction site.
Bottom Right: Li Yunlong’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I would want all rural migrants to be given a reasonable amount of time for rest.”

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Wang Ping, 18, from Henan province, has been working as a sales assistant at a toy shop inside Beijing’s Silk Market for a year.

Left: Wang Ping (left) is selling toys to a customer in Silk Market.
Top Right: Wang Ping stands in the toy shop with a toy in her hands.
Bottom Right: Wang Ping’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I would want us private business owners to get more support so that our products can find our way into the world.” (Photos were taken on February 22)

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Li Jie, 27, from Shanxi province, is one of “Beijing Vagabonds.”

Left: Li Jie waits for his friend on Wangfujing Street in Beijing.
Top Right: Wang Jie stands on Wangfujing Street.
Bottom Right: Li Jie’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I hope that housing prices in Beijing can be lower.” (Photos were taken on February 16.)

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Mr. Li, whose pen name is “Feiyang” (literally ‘flying’), has retired. At 68, he has been a stock investor for about 20 years.

Left: Mr. Li (right) dances with his friend at Chuangpuhe Park in Beijing.
Top Right: Mr. Li stands on a bridge at the park.
Bottom Right: Mr. Li’s wish: “If I could propose a motion, I hope the stock market and the national economy can enjoy rapid, synchronized and healthy growth.” (Photos were taken on February 18.)
Selected comments from NetEase:

芙小小 [网易云南省昆明市网友]:2012-02-29 19:13:06 发表
If I could propose a motion, I hope that all kids in the remote mountainous regions can take classes in a brightly-lit classroom taught by a great teacher.

网易辽宁省大连市网友 ip:116.3.*.*2012-02-29 19:20:50 发表
If I could propose a motion, I would want ordinary people to buy medications at lower prices and be able to afford to see a doctor.

网易辽宁省沈阳市网友 ip:113.224.*.*2012-02-29 19:19:10 发表
Is this advertisement for the tablet computer???

一只狼的江湖 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:2012-02-29 19:33:36 发表
It turns out that they are just a bunch of people that have no decent ambitions.

阿斗在世 [网易山东省潍坊市网友]:2012-03-01 07:30:23 发表
Brother (referring to self) has a proposal to make: Those who have taken bribe or embezzled funds of more than 5 million (US$793,500) should be sentenced to death.

网易天津市网友 ip:180.213.*.*2012-03-01 11:17:43 发表
(In reply to the previous comment)Isn’t it (the threshold amount) too much? What about 1 million (US$158,700)? Or simply 100,000 (US$15,870)~

网易IBM中国公司网友 [黄花归纳] 的原贴:
(In reply to the previous comment) There is no way that this can be passed, hehe!

网易美国网友 [侃侃老衲] 的原贴:
(In reply to the previous comment) Because it is corrupt officials who will discuss the motion.

hell0909 [网易云南省昆明市网友]:2012-02-29 19:07:30 发表
I wish to have a house, have a care, have a wife and children~

风沐雨郎 [网易河南省南阳市网友]:2012-02-29 19:19:43 发表
If I could propose a motion, it would be that I get invited to propose a motion on every occasion. The society is developing, and the motions are changing. Please listen to us ordinary people!

叫我史努比 [网易辽宁省大连市网友]:2012-02-29 23:35:14 发表
Most of these motions are relevant to their self-serving interests and have hardly anything to do with people’s livelihood or the development of the society, or the benefits of all social groups.

网易安徽省合肥市网友 [baggiostom] 的原贴:
(In reply to the previous comment) This is in fact the real people’s livelihood, a substantial manifestation of people’s livelihood and social development. Is there anything wrong with him mentioning slow Internet speed? China’s Internet connection speed is after all that of a turtle. China Telecom and China Mobile are state monopolies and charge high prices for low speed. This is the crux of the problem reflected in ordinary people’s complaints. Talking about people’s livelihood and social development, why not just start from living a good life?

冷眼看末日 [网易浙江省网友]:2012-03-01 11:23:44 发表
It turns out that so many simply want to work less and earn more. Isn’t it very narrow-minded? If I could propose a motion, I would make the family registry system (hukou system) to be open, decrease the proportion of the property industry to the gross domestic product, and build a zeitgeist that is in line with the era.

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4 comments to “Photos: “If I were elected a deputy to Chinese legislature, what I would propose””

  1. Guy In China | March 2, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Yeah right. It was obviously handed to them and asked if they want to have a photo shoot. What was that crap the construction worker said?

  2. Gary | March 2, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Isn’t everyone really thinking ‘shoot all the corrupt communist thugs running this outfit’?

  3. Jimmy | March 4, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    If this wasn’t staged, this show and cases what is wrong with the Chinese government. Each of these responses is purely self interest motivated, they show a real lack of understanding big picture problems and everyone just wants something to help them. Legislate to increase Peking Opera performers pay? Really? The suggestions in the comments were better heh.

  4. Blacksoth | March 6, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This guy hit the nail on the head: “Most of these motions are relevant to their self-serving interests and have hardly anything to do with people’s livelihood or the development of the society, or the benefits of all social groups.”

    “Brother (referring to self) has a proposal to make: Those who have taken bribe or embezzled funds of more than 5 million (US$793,500) should be sentenced to death.” — I second this motion.

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