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China’s Young Talents

7 January 2007
 

What do you think this boy is doing? Entertaining himself by scrubbing fighting scenes between a monkey and a fox? Or trying to have a quick catch up from his unfinished homework?

Nope. He’s proofreading his book-length writing.

Sounds impressive? But hang on, that’s not the whole story yet, not even the most impressive part of the story. This 12-year old is not writing about how a cat shall fight against a dog, but how the world education system shall be run in the 21st century, as its title has awesomely suggested: The Manifesto of Great Education Revolution. (《教育大革命宣言》). Some folks in China hailed it the first serious research study ever conducted in the field (all those gigantic figures right from ancient Confucian to today’s teachers, professors, with degrees of PhD and Post-PhD are sure to blush with shame on hearing the news and may spit out blood).

If you think it’s a joke, then you’re wrong, because it’s not. And you may like to know this book is about to be published by three major publishing houses in Beijing in April or May this year.

In fact, it will not be the first book published under his name, which is Dou Kou (窦蔻). When Dou Kou was half his present age, he published his first book, an autobiography of his six years of long life. Since then, his creative urge became hard to contain, in next six years more of his long and median and short stories hit bookstores, with titles including Dou Kou’s Years (sounds full of life experiences), In a Child’s Eye (sounds full of reflective wisdom), Let Me Give A Mice Another Stomach (sounds like a research paper by a bioscientist).

In the middle of last year, when he was yet to be one dozen-year old, he graduated from high school and became a full-time writer since. And he has stopped making fuss over child’s eye or mice’s stomach, but devoted his attention on big issues such as education and revolution.

His Manifesto in the above mentioned topics said having 11 massive chapters, with 10 dedicated to analysing the current education situation in China, and pinpointing the problems. The final chapter is about the future, illustrating three proposed legislation drafted by the author, covering the areas ranging from protection of student rights, family education to teaching gifted children.

If you’re overwhelmed by the extraordinary literature talent of this 12-year old, then how about a marital genius who is nearly a dozen years younger than him?

This one and half-year old toddler with a heroic martial name (李威震, Li Thundering Power) seems destined to be a martial hero.

Who says before you can walk do not run? Watch me!

I ain’t walking much cuz I can’t walk well. Besides, walking is soooo yardy ya boring, so I skipped walking and go to ski; and when I ski I can also take a milk break. Hope one day drinking milk when skiing can be included in the Olympics.

Before you can walk you should always try to fly, trust me.

Me luv free hiking

Both boys are the natives of Henan, one of China’s provinces that are rich in cultural heritage but poor in material wealth. So you get implications. Or, perhaps not.

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