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黑板狐 (Hēibǎn Hú): Blackboard Fox

Hu Jintao’s writing in Qinghai, 2010. (Lan Hongguang/Xinhua)

Hu Jintao, president of the People’s Republic of China 2002-2012. “Fox”(狐 hú) sounds the same as the surname Hu (胡 Hú). Hu Jintao earned this nickname in 2010 while visiting earthquake victims in Yushu County, Qinghai. Hu entered a classroom and wrote on the blackboard, “There will be new schools! There will be new homes!” (新校园,会有的!新家园,会有的!) He then led the students in a recitation of these lines. The blackboard is being preserved in the Qinghai provincial museum.