Youth Festival requires middle school students to kneel down for parents

| May 7th, 2011

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May 4th is Youth Day in China. This special festival is supposed for youth to memorize and celebrate the May 4th movement which was conducted by youth and was a turning point in China’s democratic revolution.

But a special youth ceremony was held a couple of days earlier in Guangdong Experimental Middle School. All the second grade students were asked to kneel down for their parents. Many students said it was the first time they do such things.

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Parents shedding tears

A lot of students do hesitate a while before kneeling down, especially the male students. They looked each other around even the host announced the ceremony began. Finally, the host repeated the encouraging sentence: “Do not hesitate, my students!” Hearing these words, they eventually made up their minds to kneel down.

Most parents were quite moved by this. A father in black was somewhat solemn earlier, but at the moment his daughter kneeled down before his eyes, he cried out loudly. “I’m so moved that I found my little girl grown up. I’m also shamed that I took little care of her before.” said the father.

The daughter besides him was also very touched: “My father never said that before. I’m really shocked.” The daughter said that when she first heard of such thing, most classmates were not willing to do this. “So we were waiting at first but it seems really moving.” said her.

Parents absent, children cried

A girl wept heavily because her parents had to work that day and had no time for the ceremony. She felt very sad about that although her parents had done the family letter for her, which would be carefully read when she went back home.

As to the family letter, some parents printed it, but most parents chose to write by their own hands. “Of course it’s more meaningful to write it by hand.” said one parent.

Idea from students

According to Zheng Zhiqin, the headmaster of the school, this year’s youth ceremony is the first ceremony and the idea of kneeling is from one student’s proposal. “The proposal is very good, and from this year on, we’ll do it every year.” said the headmaster.

Zheng also said the form of kneeling and family letter was discussed by parents and teachers, and the result was unanimous. “We feel that kneeling is the highest etiquette in China. By doing that, we can easily leave students the deepest impression,” said Zheng, “and the leaders of students union all agree with the plan.”

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Source: Netease, China News

37 Comments | Leave a comment | Comment feed

  1. Sarah says:

    I wonder if most of the other girls reading this are thinking the same thing as me? How is the father in the first photo so young and hot?!

  2. censoreal says:

    What’s the point? It’s an interesting ceremonial event, but the article fails to adequately explain WHY the students were made to do this. Submission? Honor? Deference? And what did the letters say?

  3. gongjiao says:

    kneel before zod!!

  4. Bo Wang says:

    Why are Chinese people in China uglier than expat Chinese?

    • gongjiao says:

      the camel toe theory would suggest self awareness

    • jc.yin says:

      Maybe cause mainland Chinese don’t dress up as Asian sluts since an early age and try to fit into the stereotype of slutty exotic slant eyed Asians you see on xvideos all the time….

      • gongjiao says:

        nah i think its the camel toe theory

      • Bo Wang says:

        Your argument is invalid. Mainland Chinese are uglier regardless of fashion sense.

        • jc.yin says:

          And how is your argument valid. Do you have anything to prove this theory of yours apart from judging the above photo?

          Maybe if you took away the permed and dyed hair, sunglasses, tight jeans, skinny tops and make up then you’ll probably notice that there isn’t much difference between mainland Chinese and overseas Chinese. Why? Cause all Chinese share this thing called genes and which is the same for all Chinese. You don’t get people who look more beautiful just cause they live in another country, it just doesn’t happen or make sense since genes take centuries to evolve.

          • Bo Wang says:

            It’s something called selective migration. Expat Chinese are also smarter.

            • jc.yin says:

              Now that’s new…. “selective migration” sounds like something from a nazi plot.
              You sir, should post that to the international scientific society as a new kind of beautifying tool for would be future immigrants.

              I’m sure you’d receive a load of credibility.

    • Truth Speaker says:

      Expat Chinese are ugly as fuck. North Chinese are among the best looking people in the world, despite the occasional malnutrition.

      • Bo Wang says:

        Odd. I thought the beauties in mainland China are concentrated to the south, such as Jiangsu and Sichuan.

        • jc.yin says:

          There you go again with the stereotypes…..

        • Truth Speaker says:

          True Northerners are the best looking. It’s a high degree of Northern blood and only a tiny bit of “minority” blood that makes the attractive people in Jiangnan and Sichuan attractive.

          i.e pure Sino-Tibetan blood.

      • Huzhang says:

        Whoa, whoa.

        Southerners are way hotter, better with money, and smarter too. Northerners are anything but pure after centuries of Mongol/Manchu invasions. All the real Han fled south. Guess which part of the country drives China’s economy? That’s right bitches.

        • jc.yin says:

          Whoa, whoa.

          This is China we’re talking about right, where political power > money.
          Guess which part of the country drives China’s political power? Beijing up north. That’s right bitches.

  5. Crystal says:

    Where is Korean guy?
    Waiting impatiently for his comment…

  6. Gary says:

    “a turning point in China’s democratic revolution”

    Is this talking about the 1912 revolution against the Qing dynasty?

  7. James says:

    Little emperors/empresses bow to no one!

    • Truth Speaker says:

      The little emperor thing is overblown. At worst they might be 1/100th as bad as the worthless druggies, douches and punks in America.

      • James says:

        Down boy. I believe you’re mostly referring to the kids in California and New York. About 80% of American kids are ok.

  8. .... says:

    Let me just say that “Crystal” is the most annoying comment poster on this website (and all others she posts at). She thinks she ‘knows it all’ when in fact her observations are as simplistic as she is.

    I mean, EACH story on this and other similar websites has her comments posted on it?! How is that possible? Narcissism? No job? Maybe both?

    We are bored and don’t wish to see your posts ever again, Crystal!

    • James says:

      Speak for yourself fella. I think she’s fine. If you don’t like her so much then just ignore her comments.

      • keius says:

        I concur. Ignore the posts you don’t want to read. You’re the only one that’s complained anyway. You are not the moderator. She hasn’t posted anything offensive….and i find your post to be sort of offensive myself. It’s got a slight tinge of what i consider a “personal” attack. And those are the most offensive posts of all.

        Anyway, i was sorta waiting for Korean_guy myself. I don’t even find his posts offensive anymore, just really amusing 🙂
        He’s probably just desensitized me LOL.

  9. l.o.l says:

    Well korean_guy has just exhibited his unbelievably retarded mental capability again by repeating a line that don’t make sense. Dude you gotta figure out WHO actually speak English with the confusing R/L sound as your totally unintentional typos suggest. UGH, poor Korea. Don’t worry you’ll be liquidated by the better civilization in no time.

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