A Chinese journalist
visited a Beijing family that reportedly has a talkative
baby girl. The baby, named Zhang Qiaochu, was born on the
Valentine’s Day this year; 34 days later on March 20, she
demanded her mother to breastfeed her by voicing her first
word "chinan (吃奶, meaning drink milk). Since
then, her vocabulary kept expanding, which includes "daddy,
grandma, cold". Once her mother watched the TV while
breastfeeding her and didn’t take notice when she finished
the meal. The baby scratched the mother’s breasts and
commented on the service, saying "ridiculous" (taoyan 讨厌).
On another occasion, when the baby found her father was not
in the bed sleeping as her mother would like her to believe,
she complained: "You lied" (bianren 骗人).
Now five and half months old, she becomes more loquacious
and greeted the journalist by calling her "Auntie" (ayi 阿姨).
Foetus Gender Identification Prohibited
Chinese government says that hospitals and doctors who help
patients determine a foetus’ sex for non-medical reasons
will be punished by losing their license to practice.
China’s Youngest University Student
China’s Youngest University Student just
celebrated his 11th birthday last month. Zhang started reading
at age two and passed his college entrance exam when he was
Growing Number of Internet Addicts in China
A program designed to help young people quit their Internet
addiction started running yesterday. It plans to recruit
100 young addicts to participate on the trail that offers
free counseling and training. According to a survey published
last November, among young Netizens in China, more than 13
percent - mainly high school boys - are addictive users.
Jackie Chan and Jet Li Are to Co-star
Martial Arts Masters Jackie Chan and Jet Li Are
to Co-star Together in an action
movie, probably a remake of the classic Western Journey.
It will be a big Hollywood style film in English, addressing
an audience of Western kung fu movie fans. But it is yet
to decide which of them will play the role of Monkey God.
China’s Men’s Day
3 is China’s Men’s Day (八三男人节), Chinese men’s answer to the
International Women’s Day on March 8. The idea was first
proposed three years ago by Beijing man Skinny Horse who
is the chief editor of Fashion and Health for Gentlemen.
This year the centre stage of the Men’s Day moved to Shanghai,
with 50 well-known companies offering their male staff a
day off, just as they usually do to their female staff on
8 of March.
Shanghai Private School Sues Government
group of parents in Shanghai want to sue Shanghai Education
Department for closing their family-style school called "Hall
of Mercian’s Mother" which mainly instructed the students
to recite Chinese classics. Mercian was traditionally regarded
as the second greatest sage after Confucian and the story
of his poor widowed mother repeatedly relocating the residence
in order to pick a right environment for her son is legendary.
Last week the Department ordered the school to be closed,
claiming it did not follow the official guidelines on general
education. But the similar schools are still operating in
many cities of China.