Hate CNN, love Harvard

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Strait Herald
April 18, 2008

The Xiamen based Strait Herald today ran a headline story entitled ‘Anti-CNN, founded by a young Fujian guy’. Here is a translated excerpt:

Anti-CNN, founded by a young Fujian guy

“Rao Jin (饶谨) stands up against Tibetan separatists, and unjust Western reports. He is our pride. Rao Jin, you are great, the whole village supports you.”

Yesterday, Party secretary Rao Zhilai of Zhongdu Huangdian Village and the village leader, Deng Guoqiang, showed a letter signed by villagers to your corespondent.

The villagers want to send this letter to Rao Jin, in an e-mail.

“People from his home village support him,” Rao and Dong repeated over and over again. They were so proud that such an excellent young man was one of theirs. Rao said: “We watched CCTV and knew that Rao Jin organized and founded the anti-CNN website, the village was proud of him. We want to send him an e-mail to show our support!”

Rao’s father Rao Zhizhou is a bank clerk who works in the Agricultural Bank in Shanghang county. Though he does not use a computer or the Internet, the father knew what the son was doing through phone calls. Rao Jin is the first to raise the banner of “against distorted reporting of the Western media” and founded the non-governmental website. He voiced what is in millions of Chinese people’s hearts. The father has always been very supportive of the son’s cause.

The father said he watches CCTV news reports every day. Neighbors who saw his son Rao JIn on TV always came to tell him. “I know he is doing the right thing. We support him. Every Chinese who has a conscience will support him too!”

When Rao Jin was a student, his father always told him “To be a man, you must have integrity. Be a good person and always do the right thing.”

“At this special time, someone must stand up!” said the father.

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Oriental Vanguard
May 18, 2008

As the Chinese people’s displeasure with CNN and other Western media reaches a record high, their great passion for a Western educational institution seems unabated. Today, the Nanjing newspaper Oriental Vanguard‘s big headline is about a “Harvard Girl” story.

18 year-old girl from Nanjing Foreign Language school knocks open the door of Harvard

“I started learning Chinese folk dancing and singing from very young age. Though I did not become a professional, they opened a new door in my life, and inspired my love of life.”

“You don’t know how high you can fly until you give your best try. Try hard when you are still young, don’t wait till you are old.”

[These are the words of Yi Feifei (易菲菲)]

On March 31, Nanjing Foreign Language School received an acceptance certificate from Harvard University.

Yi Feifei application to study there was accepted. She also received invitations and scholarships from other four universities in the United States. Among 27,462 applicants from the whole world, Yi Feifei was the only high school student in Jiangsu Province who was accepted by Harvard University.

With shining test results (TOFEL 114, SAT I 2300, SAT II 2400), Yi Feifei is not only an academic star, she loves dancing, knitting, writing and making paper flowers and she is a member of a chorus.

Asked about her experience in her interview with Harvard, Yi said “When the interviewer talks with you, it is your personality, communication skills and independent thinking that he will evaluate, so don’t prepare for an interview for its own sake, just show yourself. Her personality? Yi said her classmates think she has a unique personality, but she is not so sure if she is really “unique”.

No doubt Yi Feifei is lucky, especially when compared with Wang Chenxing. On the same page of the newspaper as the “Harvard Girl” story, there is an article titled ‘Where is the “Harvard Boy” now?’

On July 18, 2007, all the students and staff of Baita School in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province gathered in a celebration ceremony waiting for Wang Chenxin and his family. Everyone knew Wang was accepted by Harvard, but no one knew how to verify the news. Finally, the ceremony was canceled and it turned out Wang fabricated the whole story. He wasn’t accepted by Harvard. He was a fake “Harvard Boy”.

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