Mao Xinyu, grandson of China’s founding father Mao Zedong,. In 2010, His promotion to the rank of major general in the army his grandfather co-founded eight decades ago has put him under the spotlight of the Chinese public. Many people questioned his qualification of the promotion and decried it was a promotion of nepotism and "Promotions and government appointments should depend on a person’s ability, not their name, even if that name is Mao."
Following that controversy, Chinese netizens went on and poked fun at Mao Xinyu’s poor handwriting. A photo collection of Mao Xinyu’s handwritings went viral online. Many netizens responded, "If Chairman Mao saw these characters, he would faint from anger."
"Books are the stepping stones to human progress."
“Long live the unity of the Chinese nation!”
“Deeply yearn for my beloved grandfather”
“I will forever love People.com, I hope to have the chance to frequently interact with netizens”
“One Normal (school) is a good school”
“考卵亚 is a good name”
Lately, Mao is invited as a guest professor in Guangzhou University and became a class adviser. In his first class meeting with the students, Mao told his students, who have just finished their military training, that they should "Participate more in social practices and pay attention to the politics besides the study in the class." He expressed that he is "eager to understand what the post-90s generation think". He has set up a microblog account (http://t.people.com.cn/maoxinyu) and welcomed the 65 students in his class to communicate with him on the microblog platform. He said, "If I have more time, I would like to spend more time teaching you in the class."
Comments from weibo.sina.com
"Do you still dare to apply for this university now?"
"Today is April fools’ day or what?"
"Thank God I don’t have any relatives studying in Guangzhou University, or else they would have to quit the school."
"A major general degrade to work as a class adviser? Principle of Guangzhou University, are you nuts? This major general can keep talking in two minutes and says nothing. Can you do that too?"
‘"If I have more time, I would like to spend more time teaching you in the class.’ …Do you guys believe that? I don’t buy it anyway. We can see him in school once a year at best."
"I don’t know if he’s qualified in other aspects, but Chairman Mao’s grandson has a ‘great’ handwriting. Guangzhou University should open a Mao’s calligraphy class instead. "
"Just take his calss as a joke, then it would not be that bad."
"Major General Mao Xinyu become a class adviser in Guangzhou University. Thinking of what he had said about the education and housing problems, I’m really worried, if he would lead the students astray."
"Mao became a class adviser. He didn’t violate laws or do anything immoral. Why’s that wrong? Many uneducated celebrities go to famous university to teach class, why Mao Xinyu, with a doctor’s degree, can’t be qualified as a class adviser? Some people should direct their anger of Mao Zedong to his grandson. This is very irrational and narrow-minded."
"Major general Mao Xinyu would teach you how to keep talking in the whole class while actually say nothing but nonsense. "