China discourages teenage heroism – Guo Qiang

From China Daily:

A dozen years ago, Chinese were besieged in a nation-wide wave to learn from a late juvenile hero, Lai Ning 赖宁 (1974-1988). The native of the southwestern province of Sichuan died trying to put out a forest fire when he was only 14 years old.

However, in today’s China, Lai has been replaced by stylish pop stars from Taiwan or Hong Kong, such as Jay Chou and S.H.E (A three-member pop music group comprised of Taiwanese native Selina Ren, Hebe Tian and Ella Chen), in teenagers minds, and people are struggling to find an answer to whether it’s right or not.

Terms in China’s Conduct Code of Pupils, such as ‘Do not be scared to fight’ and ‘Try to save others in danger’ have been replaced by ‘Reporting the danger to others’ and ‘Learning to protect oneself.’ [Full Text]

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