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'Lei Feng's Day' brings Metro spirit

ALL dressed in 1960s Chinese army uniforms, about a thousand college students staged an art performance at Shanghai's bustling Metro stations yesterday morning to call on the public to follow the example of Lei Feng - the nation's most famous good Samaritan at that time.

Monday is "Lei Feng's Day," an annual campaign day in China for learning from the Chinese soldier who has inspired Chinese for generations. Lei devoted much of his spare time and money to selflessly helping the needy.

Wearing a cotton army cap and an army green bag marked with characters of "Serving the People," Zhu Jie greeted passers-by while rapping a song at the People's Square Metro Station downtown.

"Riding with civility, standing in queue. We've got to pay dear for littering around," the 23-year-old rhymed with a dozen of his companions, who were waving signposts carrying words like "Being ready to help others for a just cause."

According to the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League, about 1,000 college students in Shanghai took part in the activity, using their own original ways to share their understanding of Lei Feng.

In addition to rapping a song, they mimicked Lei Feng, giving warm hugs to strangers or preaching good manners in subway carriages.

"We should see Chinese young generations have their own understanding of what a good Samaritan should do in the modern society. It is good that the government can allow them to do the street art to express things in their own ways," said Zhou Hanmin, vice chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.


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