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Robot Dreams

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.

Self-taught Trans­la­tor

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.

Of­fi­cial-ti­tle Show-off

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.

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