This May, a 13-year-old schoolboy who speaks and acts like a government official shot to overnight fame after Internet users latched on to his lack of childlike innocence and criticized the education system for the way he's turned out.
At the age of two, he demonstrated a strong interest in watching China Central Television's 7 pm news; at seven, he adopted the habit of reading the People's Daily newspaper. Now Huang Yibo, who comes from the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, has published more than 100 articles in newspapers and magazines.
Huang's popularity started with a picture he posted on his microblog. In the picture, he is shown reading some documents, posing like a professional politician and wearing an astonishing "five-bar" armband. Internet users hence nicknamed him as "the five-bar youngster."
Chinese primary school students wear white armbands with red bars to acknowledge their positions as "young pioneers" for the Communist Party. Two bars indicate that a student is a class monitor, three strokes normally mean that the student is a grade-level leader. Huang's five-bar armband indicates that he is the chief of Wuhan's "young pioneers".
In the introduction to his blog, Huang writes that he is focused on cultivating his moral discipline, aspires to contribute to humankind and feels responsible for bringing prosperity and stability to the Chinese nation.
Huang's mother told local media that the boy has a great interest in history and politics and that he cares about the livelihood of the Chinese people.
Although Huang has been praised by many, others have cast a doubtful sight on his accomplishments, saying that the child is actually a victim of his parents' own overbearing ambition.