WHAT’S HOT? WHAT’S NOT?
Han Lei, a young man in Beijing, shot to online fame after he and his team spent millions of yuan building a huge robot which can run 30 kilometers per hour. It can also transform and do jobs such as cleaning cars. Han said he planned to utilize the robot for disaster rescue. He told media that he has loved science since he was three years old and now he is providing a personalized robot-making service on online shopping site Taobao. Netizens showed admiration for Han's persistence in achieving his dreams, but also joked that what they lack was not the dreams, but the money needed to realize them.
A woman trash collector surnamed Yuan from Qingdao, Shandong Province won public praise after media reports revealed that she is skilled at English and has translated an English novel and several English articles on journalism, education and academic research. Yuan told media that she has spent every penny she earned buying study materials over the past 20 years and she wished to prove herself with her works. Netizens found it a waste for Yuan to do cleaning and suggested she shift to a language-related profession after receiving some systemic education.
Officials from a family in Putian, Fujian Province,were put under disciplinary inspection after one woman from the family listed all the official titles the family members had in a message to her son's teacher in a bid to get the son preferential treatment in class.
Her conversation with the teacher on Wechat was later exposed online and disgusted many netizens who criticized the woman for attempting to overawe the teacher with power. It proves, they said, that there are still many people in or close to officialdom who believe in power and hope to exploit it for their own personal gain.
College Airs and Graces
The whiff of bureaucracy on campuses has caused great public concern after a chat record from the student union of a college in Chengdu, Sichuan Province leaked online, showing someone in the group being scolded for directly asking the chairman of the student union about a meeting time. “How dare you directly @Chairman Yang? I don't wanna see this next time,” and “Mind your manner of speaking and act according to your identity,” was the response from the moderator of the chat group. The remarks caused netizens to discuss why even a campus had been so polluted by bureaucratic airs.