A junior high school boy named Huang Yibo became very popular over the internet recently. He has recieved plenty of praise, but also a healthy heaping of sarcasm. His “achievements” include that started watching “Xinwen Lianbo” when he was 2-years-old, began reading “People’s Daily” and “Reference News” daily when he was 7-years-old, and at 13 he has already published over 100 essays. Moreover, he is also blamed for having a relatively mature-looking face and a standing posture that looks older than children of his age. In today’s blog, we are going to talk about some facts that may unfamiliar to you and some things that have been misunderstood by the media.
“Five-bar” and Young Pioneers Head Leader
Huang first became popular due to a picture that was taken during an activity, and in the picture, the boy is standing with his peers wearing a “five-bar” armband (pictured above). According to his father’s blog, this picture was taken after Huang was elected as a Wuhan Young Pioneers Leader. But what the heck is that?
In Chinese primary school, most kids join the China Young Pioneers, a youth organization under the leadership of the CPC. After joining in, some “leaders” will be elected, including 小队长 (the leader responsible for a group of students), 中队长 (the leader responsible for his class), 大队长 (every class has a 大队长 who is a representative for school’s activities). The responsibilities of these small leaders are roughly organize and manage fellow students, and take fellows to collective activities (集体活动). The symbol for 小队长 is a “one-bar” armband, for 中队长 “two-bar” armband, for 大队长 “three-bar” armband. For Huang Yibo, he has “five-bar” armband which means he is one of the leaders of the Young Pioneers in his city (the highest level).
Little kids also have vanity. Many kids dream of being important. Only those who have the best grades and disciplinary performance can be favored by teachers and elected as some 队长. Once elected, taking a photo to remember this experience is pretty common.
About watching Xinwen Lianbo
“Xinwen Lianbo” is the most important news report in China which is broadcasted at 7PM every night on CCTV-1. And at that time, hundreds of other channels will relay it as well. Most of the news is positive and closely related with national leaders. As a result, some adults regard it as too political and serious to watch. So it seems a bit much for a boy of two. However, Huang Yibo’s mother clarified that the boy was fond of watchin this news report due to the influence of his father. When Huang was little, he was attracted about the sounds of “Xinwen Lianbo“. As he grew up, he also maintained the habit to keep his father happy. He turns on “Xinwen Lianbo” at 7PM for his father so that father will be happy to let him watch cartoons afterwards.
A young official?
Many netizens are complaining that the boy is just like a child-official. When he takes pictures, he stands chin up and chest out, smiles gracefully, and also adopts postures like adult leaders. However, his parents argue that none of them is an official, and they have no intention of training their kid to go into government. Huang has participated a lot of activities, varying from charity activities in which he visited elderly persons to environmental protection activities. He may imitate when other adults have behaved in a mature manner.
Be tolerant or demand strictly?
Hundreds of netizens are quarrelling on the internet over this little “adult.” Huang didn’t expect the sudden popularity and feels stressed about the harassment. He asked his parents what he had done wrong. Huang’s parents then posted a blog to beg the netizens be tolerant of this little child and let him have a normal childhood. Shall we be tolerant to this child or blame him for early maturity to prevent our kids from getting “too mature” for their age?