On March 7, Wang Ping (王平), a female delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC) and director of the China Ethnic Museum, said during the CPPCC session in Beijing: “We don’t want to encourage rural kids to go to college, because if rural kids go to college they won’t be able to return home. And not returning to one’s own home is a tragedy.” In her view, rural families raising college students leads to poverty, as these students are unable to find suitable work or buy homes after graduation, but are unwilling to return home. Wang Ping’s remarks quickly drew anger from Chinese web users, who asked whether she expected the children of rural families to simply stay in the fields. Web users also attacked Wang’s credentials, questioning her suitability as a CPPCC delegate. In this cartoon, posted by artist Cao Yi (曹一) to his QQ blog, young people rush into a train car for college students under a sign labeled “Next Stop: Prosperity” as CPPCC delegate Wang Ping fruitlessly attempts to wave them into a car labeled “Other Opportunities.” The bubble over Wang’s head reads: “I don’t encourage rural kids to go to college.”

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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