July 29, 20116 Comments

Video: Chinese teacher repeatedly pushes, pulls and slaps her adolescent student

A video taken in a classroom of a teacher using violence against her student was uploaded to Chinese portal IFENG and soon drew fire over the teacher’s conduct. The conversation between the teacher and the student was very indistinct because of poor recording device. However, the conflict probably stems from the student playing with her [...]

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July 21, 2011No Comments

Peking University, Tsinghua treated as hot spots for Chinese tourists, face vandalism, overcrowding, scalpers

Since the beginning of this summer, Tsinghua University receives over 10,000 visitors daily, while Peking University opens its gate to 6,000 outsiders a day. The flood of tourists has brought unbearable pain to the two most prestigious institutions for higher learning in China as well as its students and staff. Peking University’s Boya Pagoda and [...]

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June 9, 20116 Comments

Mass destruction of textbooks, suicide…The tragicomic Chinese College Entrance Examination

The National College Entrance Examination in China, or commonly known as Gao Kao, is a series of tests adopted by almost all Chinese higher education institutions as one of the very few major criteria for enrollment at the undergraduate level. It is usually taken by students in their last year of high school, although there has been no age restriction [...]

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May 26, 2011No Comments

Picture of the day: Chinese college students go barechested to protest lengthy keynote

On March 25 at the opening ceremony of Graduates’ Works Exhibition at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, the head of the Academy was delivering a speech when a group of students butted in, lifted their t-shirts and lay on the ground to protest that the speech was too lengthy and boring. The Propaganda Department of [...]

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May 7, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Public foot-washing in celebration of Mother’s Day

On the afternoon of May 6, 100 students at Mingde Elementary School in the town of Xingangshan administered by the city of Dexing, Jiangxi province gathered on the campus playground and washed feet of their mothers to show filial piety and celebrate the forthcoming Mother’s Day. (Picked from Xinhua)    

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April 28, 20113 Comments

Centennial celebration of Tsinghua University turns arena of politics, meets criticism from and controversy over its alumni

Last Sunday, Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institution for higher education, celebrated its 100th birthday. Tsinghua University is famous even around the global as a factory for engineers and scientists, many of whom head directly towards the United States after graduation. Often called “the MIT of China,” Tsinghua ranked the first on the [...]

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April 25, 2011One Comment

Photos: Lessons teaching Chinese kids to be ladies and gentlemen

A community in Hefei, capital city of Anhui province, opened a weekly class in its recreation center and invited a teacher who specializes in teaching etiquette to educate children on how to become a lady or a gentleman.

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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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March 30, 20119 Comments

Harvard graduate preaches giving back to society on popular Chinese dating show

A young man from the United States named An Tian (安田) has inspired a country whose citizens are not typical generous givers, after he proclaimed on TV his ideal of ‘serving the people.’ Holding Bachelor’s from Harvard University, Master’s from Oxford University and a doctorate from University of California, Berkley in agricultural business, 28-year-old An [...]

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March 23, 201111 Comments

Contrast of Chinese and U.S. student disciplines becomes red-hot topic

From Sina A microblog post has called Chinese netizens’ attention to another difference in education between China and the U.S. – elementary school disciplines. An overwhelming majority said the Chinese version rings hollow and has no substance as to regulating student behavior. Some net users even said that the perfectionistic code should be used to [...]

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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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March 14, 201120 Comments

Chinese see quake-hit Japan as role model, engage in self-reflection

On March 11, Japan was rocked by a magnitude 8.9 (later revised to be 9.0) earthquake, which triggered several extremely powerful tsunamis that engulfed much of northeastern Japan’s coastline and razed countless buildings and villages. As of Monday morning, the official statistics put the death toll at 1,600. However, over 20,000 were unaccounted for, and [...]

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February 22, 20113 Comments

Beijing forces elementary students to salute Communist Party flag every month

From NetEase Beijing’s Communist Youth League has just announced that starting from next month until October, each of Beijing’s elementary school will have to organize its students to salute the flags of Communist Party, Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers on the first Monday morning of each month. This year marks the 90th anniversary of [...]

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February 15, 20112 Comments

Chinese Bank recruits only Harvard and MIT students as interns

China Development Bank has begun talent hunt for its summer internship program. But according to its official website, the program only targets current students at Massachusetts  Institute of Technology and Harvard University in the United States. The internship post also says academic majors of prospective interns include finance, financial engineering, management, accounting, economics, statistics, linguistics, law, energy, [...]

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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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January 12, 20116 Comments

Chinese rural schoolchildren brave cold snap’s icy weather; netizens’ comments

From NetEase and QQ Hit by icy rain and freezing temperatures, regions in China’s southwest, such as Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou Provinces, have declared a state of emergency. Schools in the worst-hit areas have suspended classes, closed, postponed final exams, or begun the winter vacation earlier than usual. However, because roads leading to schools in [...]

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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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