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success of winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, Zhang Qinghua, professor at Beijing Normal University, believes that Mo’s way of dealing with this h
as been to make a return to his hometown, a village in Gaomi, Shandong province, both in reality and spiritually.
Mo didn’t publish any new work in the five years following the award, when in 2017 he
released several short stories, poems and theater works, mainly reminiscing about his hometown.
Unlike Mo’s former novels, Peking University professor Chen Xiaoming notes th
at his new works are more reserved, realistic stylistically and employ more simple language. Literary cri
tic Li Jingze is impressed that Mo has remained acutely sensitive to the realities of urban and rural life.
Despite a busy schedule, Xi still tries to find time to interact with children.
He has extended greetings to children nationwide every International Children‘s Day since he became
president in 2013, showing his care for their growth and his hope for them to carry on endeavors to realize the nation’s dreams.
International Children’s Day falls on June 1 every year.
In May 2013, while inspecting a school devastated by an earthquake in Sichuan province, Xi t
old students to turn their trauma into a source of strength, urging them to be strong, brave and united.
When visiting a primary school in Beijing’s Haidian district in 2014, Xi spoke of the
need to guide children to set high goals and create conditions for them to grow into adulthood.
On June 1, 2015, when speaking to members of the Young Pioneers of China in Bei
jing, Xi called on all Chinese children to learn to be people of integrity, knowledge and responsibility from an early age.
Chen Xiang, head of the sports bureau of Qiannan prefecture in Guizhou, t
old the thepaper.cn. It was agreed after meetings with education authorities and parents of stud
ents that the large crowd gathered during dragon boat races will create noise, Chen said.
Therefore, the dragon boat racing activities in the city, previ
ously scheduled on June 5-7, were postponed to June 9-11. Teams participating in the races were cont
acted and told the reason for the delay. They understood the reasons, Chen added.
An official at the sports bureau of Chizhou city, Anhui, said they have received letters and calls f
rom parents of examinees and people, expressing their concerns (that noise generated by dragon boa
t races may disturb students sitting the gaokao). So the bureau decided to postpone the races until June 9-10.