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Two Stu­dents, One Teacher

Kong Wen­qing, a ru­ral teacher in Yiyang County, He­nan Prov­ince, was hon­ored as an ideal rep­re­sen­ta­tive of “pro­fes­sional ded­i­ca­tion” as he was re­ported to have worked at a school in the moun­tains for 38 years, even though only two stu­dents re­mained. The other teach­ers and stu­dents had al­ready moved to a nearby town, but Kong chose to stay for the two chil­dren who could not move. As the vil­lage is so iso­lated, Kong had to plant crops for him­self and the stu­dents, as well as cook for them. Ne­ti­zens called for more education re­sources to be given to poor and re­mote ar­eas.

Child Carer Finds Fans

Six-year-old girl Ji­a­jia (pseu­do­nym) has re­ceived thou­sands of fans since her par­a­lyzed fa­ther livestreamed how she looked af­ter him. Her fa­ther was par­a­lyzed af­ter a car ac­ci­dent two years ago, and since his wife aban­doned them, Ji­a­jia has shoul­dered all the bur­den of his care. She helps her dad wash, brush his teeth, get dressed and mas­sages him. Now, thanks to the livestream, the fam­ily has an in­come, and

Ji­a­jia’s fa­ther says that it is his lit­tle daugh­ter that gives him the courage and hope to live.

Can­cer­ous Scheme

A woman sur­named Li from Xi’an, Shaanxi Prov­ince, who was given a“free” trip to Thai­land with a med­i­cal con­sult thrown in, was told she had cancer and spent one mil­lion yuan (US$143,874) on bo­gus treat­ments in fear for her life. When Chi­nese po­lice fi­nally busted the fraud­sters, Li was able to re­cover 60 per­cent of her treat­ment fees. Ne­ti­zens said that Li’s ex­pe­ri­ence is good proof that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Po­lice Of­fi­cer’s Power

Of­fi­cials’ mis­use of power once again trig­gered pub­lic con­cerns af­ter a deputy di­rec­tor of a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion in Zhuzhou County, Hu­nan Prov­ince, was ac­cused of hav­ing il­le­gally de­tained a teacher for seven hours be­cause she had left his daugh­ter stand­ing out­side the class­room af­ter ar­riv­ing late to class. The fa­ther, sur­named Zhao, has been fired, leav­ing ne­ti­zens again ques­tion­ing how the pow­er­ful can be su­per­vised.

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