13 year old boy gains popularity for his precocious zeal in politics

| May 4th, 2011

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Huang Yibo’s controversial photo

This is a photo of a 13 year old teenage boy reading something. Do you find it any unusual? Chinese netizens do. As a matter of fact, this photo first posted in the 13 year-old’s blog, has gained him wide attention however, most of these attentions are unfavorable: Chinese netizens think the young boy poses like a government official reading official document in the photo. The photo becomes even more controversial after netizens learn about the boy’s precocious zeal in politics.

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Netizens point out that Huang’s (Left) expression and posture look like those of a government official

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Huang Yibo is a 13 year old school boy in a Wuhan boarding school and is now the deputy chief of Wu Han Youth pioneers. The Badge with 5 red bars worn on his jacket shows his high position in the organization. In all his public photos, he seems to wear the badge all the time, even in the photo when he was on an outing with his parents. The Chinese netizens therefore called him "The five-bar youngster".

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Photo of Huang and his parents on a family outing

The young boy doesn’t look like his age but instead, looks or poses like a government official. According to the reports, he does have extraordinary interest in politics. As reported, since 2 years old, Huang started to watch the CCTV news ( China’s official news program); since 7, he reads the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China on daily basis; so far he had contributed more than 100 pieces of articles in different famous magazines and has donated the 3,000 yuan remuneration to support the lonely elderly people, etc..

His blog was set up on Feb. 8th,2011, and has only one entry and two photo albums, which are now unavailable since there are too much harsh criticism and unfavorable comments from the netizens. However, the entry has been copied by some netizen so you can still read it online here. In this entry, Huang writes in a rather formal and old-fashioned style. The entry is mainly about expressing the 13-year-old’s great ambition of revitalizing China to make it a great power again.

While most people criticize the boy, or his parents, or even the country’s education system, many ask to stop being so hard on the boy because after all, he’s only a 13 year old school boy.

As usual, Chinese netizens often take advantage of the news and create some funny stuff. Take a look at this post, titled "You stupid dumbass, with no sense for politics, let me tell you the truth of this Huang Yibo incident."

(The original post is from Douban.com, which somehow is unavailable now)

The post said this is a well-planned political conspiracy. Huang is not the leader of the Wu Han Young pioneers, the real leader is another guy called Xu Liuyang. Xu is the current Wu Han Young pioneers leader, but has done nothing in his tenure. For the upcoming election, Xu planned this whole Huang Yibo incident, so he can cross off this biggest rival.

Source Xinua

Update 5/5/2011

From Ifeng, translated by Jenny Jiang

What can we do if the child is a born genius? Mr. Huang and his wife (Huang Yibo’s parents) told the reporter yesterday that the best way is to let it be. Their son is attending a boarding school in Huashi. He has been honored by a lot of titles at a very young age, such as “Top 100 Excellent Teenagers in China”, one of the “10 Stars of filial piety in Wuhan Province”. “More importantly, many of his views upon politics and history have already gone beyond our understanding.” His parents commented.

He began to watch the “News Feeds” offered by CCTV1 at the age of two, read People’s Daily and Reference News every day from seven. Till now, the boy has published more than 100 articles on some influential magazines and newspapers in China. He has spent his royalties which was nearly 3,000RMB and the money earned from selling scraps on fund and care for the elderly who are living alone.

Mr. Huang told the reporter that they have never guided his boy to do such thing. Huang Yibo’s nature motivated him. His father admitted that Yibo’s concerns far more about democracy than he does. His dream is to let people live better lives. “It might be an influence of the historical stories he read when he was little.” His mother explained. Yibo has known very well about many historical stories about Genghis Khan, Liu Bang, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang told by his mother and grandmother. “I thought it was just for fun telling him the stories. To our surprise, he read relevant books written in vernacular, like Five Millenniums of China, Zi Zhi Tong Jian.” His mother told the reporter.

“He only focuses on Chinese and foreign news events and never plays internet games.” Mr. Huang said, “Many of his views upon politics often bring us surprises.” “It is a similar case as to his writing. At the very beginning, we thought that his article ‘Hometown’ writes well, and tried to send it to the publisher. It is totally out of our imagination that he would do such a good job from then on.” His mother added, “It is all by chance that Yibo’s ‘nature’ has been triggered. We offer supports in his path.”

“Compared with other children, Yibo is more mature and clear about his future path. What I need to do is to provide him with an appropriate environment.” His father concluded.

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  1. La Ma Sing says:

    why can’t a kid just be a kid while he still have youth?

  2. Curren$y says:

    loool nigga has 5 stripes

  3. James says:

    That’s the Great Patriotic Education Campaign for you. But seriously, how many of us at some point in time wanted to be President when we grew up? Probably everyone. Just let the kid be a kid.

  4. Vonskippy says:

    Brainwashing skills even the North Koreans could admire.

  5. Bo Wang says:

    What’s this 5 stripes bidness?

  6. Crystal says:

    He wears the badge even in the picture with his parents. 🙂

  7. Simon Crosby says:

    Kind of looks like the Chinese version of Tory Boy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWSr1Aw0EBA

  8. jc.yin says:

    lol laugh all you want people, this kid will probably really grow up into an official, drive in expensive sports cars, have mistresses and swimming in cash. Isn’t this what most people aspire for?

    Would it better if Chinese youth all started turning into female looking gook teens and emulating those korean stuff? Or if they all started aspiring to become gangster bosses for fame like in mexico? I think this is a much better career aspiration.

    lol korean_guy officials don’t wear communist worker uniform, you should know that by now.

  9. jc.yin says:

    “When they are not jerking off to them kpop girls oh how they wish they can come close to emulating them “gook” teens.”

    lol I wonder why I see so many gook students studying in China. They’re the largest number of foreign students studying in China and it’s so disgusting cause you can’t tell the difference between the guys and the girls. Gooks are turning into a bisexual race.

    When I asked a few of em gook kids why are they studying in China, guess their response? “beef and other food is so cheap in China. We can have korean barbecue for a fraction of the price back home.”……..
    Hmmm guess em gook kids these days don’t mind “poisonous” and “lead” tainted Chinese food eh. What a bunch of shameless cheap ass kids, not only are they turning the korean race into bisexuals but they’re also pumping their future descendants with Chinese lead.

    “If China is so damn proud of their tradition and communist background why not wear the workers suits?”

    Ha! God, are koreans proud of their tradition and culture? Seems like gooks like to brand themselves as a Confucian society and full of Confucian values. Hmmm ever wonder where Confucius comes from? Drum roll….. China!!
    Is there some sort of korean traditional system or belief system I should be aware of? Not that I know of.

    Oh the irony, koreans love to say how proud of their culture and nation is and how different they are from Chinese. Yet their culture is a Confucian one, inherited from China. Their eating tool is chopsticks which were invented by the Chinese. They’re language is even derived from Chinese, ever wonder why so many korean words sound similar to Chinese ones? The paper they use everyday is invented by the Chinese and even their dog eating tradition comes from China. Man… What fame or originality can gooks ever claim? Nothing, so sad.

    • Korean_Troll says:

      They’re getting excellent at plastic surgery. That’s why all their women look the same. It’s the same templates being used on all of them.

  10. Huzhang says:

    “since 2 years old, Huang started to watch the CCTV news ( China’s official news program); since 7, he reads the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China on daily basis”

    Game over man, that don’t count as being politically savvy

  11. ChasL says:

    reminds me of the middle school girl in US who challenged Michelle Bachman to a constitutional debate.

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