Child rearing

November 19, 20129 Comments

Auto show publicly flogged for use of bikini-clad preteen girls as models

Photos from NetEase We are no stranger to the scantily-clad women and the whole sex-sells idea at Chinese auto shows. As if that were not controversial and low-taste enough, an auto show in Wuhan, Hubei province, asked little girls under 10 to dress in bikini and pose teasingly with automobiles, which immediately came under public [...]

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September 26, 20123 Comments

Teacher stamps marks on underachieving students’ faces

From Southern Metropolis Daily and Sina Weibo An elementary school teacher in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has been widely criticized on the Internet for stamping red and blue marks on her students’ faces based on how they behave at school to tell good students from “bad” ones. The complaint over the public humiliation [...]

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July 15, 20124 Comments

Chinese teenage girl driven to anorexia by academic stress

From QQ A girl lost about 60 pounds within a year and at one point weighed only 75 pounds, after she fared far worse than usual on a single entrance exam, which let both herself and her father terribly down. She is still being treated for her eating disorder at a local hospital and hooked [...]

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April 19, 20127 Comments

Chinese pupil poses moral conundrum after being criticized for “wrong” answer

In a quiz on Chinese reading, a first grader answered “No, I won’t” to the question “Would you give up your pear out of courtesy to your brothers if you were Kong Rong?” He got a huge “X” for his answer from his teacher. The child’s father, upon seeing the answer sheet, took a picture [...]

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February 7, 201210 Comments

Video: Chinese Eagle Dad trains 4-year-old son to jog naked in NYC’s heavy snow

From Sina In a heavy snowstorm in the Flushing Chinatown area of the New York City where temperature plummeted to 13 degrees Celsius below zero(9 F), a 4-year-old boy who hails from Nanjing, China, was asked by his “Eagle Dad” to run while wearing nothing but a yellow underwear and sneakers. It was in the [...]

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December 7, 201113 Comments

"Why we don’t want our children to go to school in the U.S.?"

Via M4.cn An article on magazine Jinglue, cited by website M4.cn, details the thoughts of two parents, an American father and Chinese mother, of why they chose to emigrate to China for a Chinese-style education for their child. Below are some of their reasons alongside my commentary. NOTE: Of course I will be commenting based [...]

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October 18, 201111 Comments

Underachieving Chinese school children wear badge of shame: Green Scarf

From Sina At the gate of No.1 Experimental Elementary School of Weiyang District, Xi’an, children standing in lines were divided into two markedly different groups: one wearing red scarves, and the other wearing green scarves. “You don’t study well, and wear a green scarf. Mine is the real red scarf…” One kid said to another. [...]

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July 12, 20117 Comments

Video: 7-year-old Chinese girl uses violence against cousin, cheered by father

(From People.com) Recently, a video of a 7-year-old girl bullying her cousin of the same age has become viral on Chinese internet. The girl’s father, who is the brother of the little boy’s mother, stood aside and cheered the girl, who had clearly gained the upper hand, while videotaping the entire episode. The girl, emboldened [...]

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May 2, 2011One Comment

Chinese child prodigy or dictator-to-be? 12-year-old boy draws national attention

Imagine a Chinese counterpart of Jonathan Krohn, who then as a 14-year-old wrote a book to define conservatism and addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009 was highlighted by media as a political wunderkind. This Chinese boy began to watch Xinwen Lianbo (prime time news on China Central Television) at the age of 2. [...]

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April 29, 20114 Comments

Picture of the day: Doting Chinese parents shower daughter with money on birthday party

April 27 is the 12th birthday of Wang Yanyan, who lives in Linfen of central Shanxi province. On that day, Yanyan’s parents held a lavish banquet in the city’s high-class hotel and hired professional party planning company to arrange the celebration. In addition to the delicacies and the grandeur, another superlative was dozens of origamis [...]

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April 19, 2011One Comment

Corporal punishment and bullying rampant in Chinese sports teams

From Youth Daily The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has decided to temporarily suspend Fan Bin, the head coach of China’s Under-19 national basketball team, following claims by players that they have been subjected to intolerable abuse. Thirteen national junior players signed on a letter to the Chinese basketball association, asking for Fan’s stepdown, Guangzhou Daily [...]

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April 9, 20118 Comments

Hong Kong sex ed illustration causes stir among mainland Chinese netizens

From NetEase “Where did I come from?” Whenever Chinese parents are asked this question by their kids, they have bones in their throats. Recently, a series of pictures of a sex education textbook used in Hong Kong were posted on China’s popular discussion forum MOP, which answers this question with simple language and illustrations. Many [...]

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March 18, 20114 Comments

*Graphic warning* Insulted by teacher, Chinese teen commits suicide

Many Chinese minors are given corporal punishment by their teachers at school. Those who have extremely fragile self esteem choose to end their lives, which sounds an alarm: the nation’s youth need the couch, whereas its teachers need to have hearts.

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February 5, 20117 Comments

13-year-old theft addict handcuffed and leashed by parents

From NetEase On January 27 in Shanghai, Little Peng was chained to a chair by her parents in their mom-and-pop noodles making store. Little Peng is often chained 24 hours a day and is only let loose when she goes to the restroom in company with her mother. Talking about their daughter, the father and mother felt [...]

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January 27, 201127 Comments

Overseas Chinese students’ reactions to the “Tiger Mom” parenting controversy

Chia-fu: By far, I think it is safe to assume that the majority of MiniTofu readers have heard of the name Amy Chua, aka the “Tiger Mother”. (For those uninitiated, read here and here. ) As a frequenter to Chinese forums, I came across this interesting and quite provocative thread on MITBBS, a famous online [...]

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December 30, 20106 Comments

Photos: Shortage of doctors and medical resources leaves millions of sick Chinese children untreated

From NetEase: Beijing has about 1.78 million “medical expert appointments”  available each year, but last year, 138 million requests for medical needs were made. People say that seeing a doctor is like fighting a battle, and making an appointment is like going through Spring Festival travel season. (Jing’s note: Because the significance of Spring Festival, or [...]

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December 23, 201016 Comments

In China, U.S. education becomes a selling point, and an incentive to lie

Ye Fei, a 23-year-old Chinese-American, is an inspirational role model for many young people. It is said that she was born in a well-off family in Beijing, studied abroad in Europe at an early age, won the “U.S. Presidential Award” as a graduating high school senior, went on to attend “Syracuse University, dubbed ‘Little Harvard,’ [...]

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