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Watch Out, Mo Yan: A Six-Year Old Writes Better Than You!

Posted: 05/27/2014 8:00 am

Tiger Mom is so out. Behold the new poster boy for extreme parenting, He Liesheng — better known by his moniker, Eagle Dad, claims that his son, six-year-old Duoduo, has published a book that is much better than any book written by Chinese writer Mo Yan, the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012.

Duoduo at his book tour stop in Guangzhou. Photo credit: Yangcheng Evening News

We have to hand it to him because perhaps the term “humble” was never in his dictionary. Not only did he bash Mo Yan by saying Duoduo writes better than the literary giant with his pictorial book entitled I Am the Naked Running Brother, but he also announced his ambitions during his son’s Guangzhou book tour to send his fourth-grade son to Tsinghua University when he reaches the age of ten, Yangcheng Evening News reported.

If this plan is realized, Duoduo would become the youngest student to ever enter the top university in China, whose graduates include former premier Zhu Rongji and hundreds of the country’s best and brightest.

The eagle dad has not been short of controversies. He first made international headlines in 2012 when he forced his then four year-old son to run naked in his yellow underwear outside in the snow in New York’s winter, one of the many extreme parenting methods he has since embraced to train his son to be tougher. When interviewed by CNN, he said, ”Like an eagle, I push my child to the limit so he can learn how to fly”.

Duoduo running in New York’s winter. Photo credit: Sina

The same year, the pair also made headlines when he and his son got stranded on Japan’s Mount Fuji at 11,000 feet when trying to climb the 12,388 foot mountain. Despite the failed attempt, Duoduo managed to unfurl a banner which read: “Diaoyu Islands belong to China! I want to land on the Diaoyu Islands!” A year later, at the age of five, Duoduo piloted a light aircraft on his own for 35 minutes because his father wanted him to “become braver by flying a plane and develop his curiosity and desire to explore,” Global Times reported.

This year, Duoduo will be busy travelling to different cities to promote his first book, and preparing for the second, third and fourth books to come. His father claims Duoduo writes every day, and each book is ready for publishing.

Perhaps by the age of 10, we will have a child prodigy at Tsinghua University. But four years from now, Duoduo surely will have had to accomplish more tasks, likely extreme ones, assigned by his dad. In other words, four more years robbed from his childhood.

Duoduo and his dad He Liesheng, aka the Eagle Dad. Photo credit: Sina

Home page image: Yangcheng Evening News


Anti-Japanese sentiment spills over as factory workers strike in Dongguan

Posted: 11/11/2013 7:00 am

Workers protesting at the factory, image via Sina Weibo

When workers at the factory of a Japanese-owned company in Dongguan’s Zhangmutou Town went on strike to demand compensation over a labour dispute last week, nationalistic anger quickly spilled over and signs with words like “Chinese traitors” and “The Diaoyu Islands are ours” appeared, Red China reported on Nov. 7. The strike entered its third day yesterday.

It is the second time workers at the H.K. Towada Electronics factory have been on strike this year. The workers occupied the grounds of the factory having taken their grievances all the way to the nearest labour department. Police were called in to make sure the situation doesn’t get out of hand.

Workers occupy the canteen, image via Sina weibo

As well as protesting against the Japanese company that has allegedly failed to pay money that is owed to them, the workers are also said to be rallying against the Chinese authorities who “only pretend” to look after their interests.

The below signs appeared at various parts of the premises during the protest:

“Clear off you bunch of Chinese traitors who call yourselves an advisory group. The Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Keep struggling till the end.”

“Compensate the workers, protect their rights.”


Man in Shenzhen exhibits medals on anniversary of Japanese invasion

Posted: 09/23/2013 7:00 am

He Jun’s collection, courtesy of The Daily Sunshine

A man exhibited his collection of over 300 medals of valour on a street in Shenzhen’s Longgang District on Sept. 18, the 82nd anniversary of the Mukden Incident, the pretext for Japan’s invasion of Manchuria, The Daily Sunshine reports.

He Jun, 58, has been collecting the medals for over 30 years and has about twice as many as were on display that day. He urged passers-by to never forget national humiliation and always reach for peace.

Some would call it cognitive dissonance to claim to advocate peace while dragging up the country’s past victimisation. During the anti-Japan protests that swept the nation during the territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands last year, an op-ed was published in Shenzhen Daily comparing the protestors to red guards and pointing out that the two nations’ economies were heavily intertwined.

On Sept. 17 last year, this author went to drink in a Japanese restaurant in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District and saw that all Japanese restaurants on the street had to keep their lights out and cover up the Japanese characters above the door with black bags to avoid creating political tension.

This year’s anniversary was marked by a state-run memorial museum calling on Tokyo to offer compensation and an apology to relatives of those forced into manual labour during World War II, according to Agence France Presse. Various Chinese cities have also been known to sound air raid sirens to mark the anniversary on Sept. 18.


Diaoyu dispute forces Chinese airlines to cut service to Japan

Posted: 11/5/2012 11:00 am

China Southern Airlines is axing 22 Japanese flights and scaling back capacity on other routes in and out of the country during the winter months, a move largely seen as a result of reduced demand for flights to Japan amid the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute.

Airline Route is reporting services from Changchun, Dalian, Guangzhou, Harbin and Shenyang are being reduced, affecting flights to Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Niigata, Osaka Kansai, Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo Narita and Toyama.

Dalian is the worst hit, losing 14 flights.

The Centre for Aviation (CAPA) revealed one-way seat capacity between China and Japan has fallen to its lowest level since 2004. Capacity for October was down 9 per cent year-on-year.

Other plans to boost capacity have also been shelved, affecting the second daily Guangzhou-Osaka Kansai service.

The 174-seat Airbus A321 will continue to serve the route, replacing the 374-seat Boeing 777-200 for the time being, representing a near 110% cut in seat availability. CSA has also removed 120 seats from its daily Guangzhou-Tokyo Narita service, replacing its Airbus A330-200 with a Boeing 737-800.

Airspace reform urged
The Comprehensive Transport Institute is calling for reform of China’s airspace and expanding its use for civilian aviation.

The group is warning congestion will come to a head once Guangzhou’s new runway opens, combined with a third runway being considered in Hong Kong.

China Daily carry this self-evident line describing the situation:

The region’s sky has been so severely congested that the International Air Transport Association has said that the situation in the Pearl River Delta is one of the top three global air traffic control problems.

With more flights connecting six PRD airports (Foshan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, Zhuhai) to the rest of Asia and the world, experts are questioning how much more the region can take with such little approved airspace available.

Passenger improvements for Baiyun Airport
Life of Guangzhou is reporting airport management at Baiyun Airport will invest RMB4 million into passenger improvements at Baiyun Airport.

Some ideas include a smartphone app for better on-the-move information in the hands of passengers.


[Updated] Worst of anti-Japan protests passed, SZ police now looking for looters

Posted: 09/24/2012 2:11 pm

The dust is beginning to settle following last week’s riotous protests against the Japanese for its claims on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.  Police in Guangzhou have detained 18 for committing acts of violence during last week’s protests, according to Xinhua. These included smashing Japanese-brand cars, shop windows and billboards, Guangzhou Public Security Bureau told the news agency.

Police look at an overturned car in Guangzhou

In Shenzhen, seven arrests were made of some of the more destructive protestors, according to local media. One of the protestors who was detained in the city’s Futian District said he had been overcome with patriotic fervour, he was acting out of character and he would never do it again.

Police in Shenzhen’s Futian District are seeking tips about 20 suspected vandals who damaged property during the protests, according to Shenzhen Daily.  Today’s South China Morning Post (behind a paywall) published some of their photos, which are posted below.

Meanwhile, Shanghaiist notes popular Shenzhen television personality Juanzi was trolled relentlessly after defending Japan on her Weibo.  What on Earth could she have said to face such harsh criticism?  Here it is:

A few days ago a friend went on a business trip to Japan but had trouble leaving the country. This morning he sent me a text saying that last night he and a co-worker had been eating at a Japanese bar when it was uncovered that they were Chinese, after which they got a dish that had some words written on it [Editor's note: the words on the dish say "Thank you China".]. When I heard this, I was worried. But who would have thought it would be these words. The bar owner said, “Thank you for being so willing to come to Japan, I hope there will be peace and friendship.” … I certainly was surprised. Patriotism: must we use xenophobia and hatred to express it?

Shenzhen TV personality, Juanzi said she deleted the post because she was “scared” after receiving angry responses from nationalistic Chinese.

Juanzi said she deleted the post because she was “scared” after receiving a vitriolic backlash.

Wrapping up our summary of Japan sentiment in the PRD, sources in Dongguan have told The Nanfang that they saw overwhelming evidence the protests were staged by the government.  They told us they saw buses arrive with people who said they were from Henan, some of whom were directing the crowds. This wouldn’t be earth-shattering news, as it’s suspected that the protests were at least tolerated by the government, if not outright encouraged.

Update 3:41pm

Well, that was fast.  It seems that the hooligans causing problems in Shenzhen aren’t interested in being on the lam.  The Daily Sunshine reports five of the 20 suspects being sought have already turned themselves in. It might not be long before the others turn up, either.


Bikini-clad Shenzhen girls call for “rational” protest against the Japanese

Posted: 08/22/2012 5:19 pm

This one can be filed under “bizarre”.

Shenzhen has been dealing with the aftermath of large-scale protests on Sunday, in which Japanese cars were burned and the windows of Japanese shops were smashed.  Amid the melee, some called for more rational ways to express disapproval over Japan’s claims to the Diaoyu Islands.

The call for more sober-minded protest was articulated yesterday by a man and two young women in their bikinis.  They staged a “protest” in the crowded area outside of Shenzhen Book City with signs reading “Civilized Patriotism – Rational Anti-Japanese Protests”.  They had Japanese knives between their legs and held toy rifles.  (WTF?)

Anyway, their attention-grabbing performance drew quite a crowd, as you can see in the video below.

(Thanks again to @MissXQ for the story.)

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