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Teacher's assets campaign wins support

LED by a campaigning high school teacher in eastern China, netizens around the country have been enthusiastically publishing details of their personal assets to urge officials to do the same.

A teacher at a private high school in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, identified as Chen, posted details of his assets on March 12 after a senior political adviser asked why ordinary people and businessmen never published their personal assets but demanded that officials did.

Chen said on the bulletin board system of a popular major domestic Web portal that as one of the owners of the country he and other ordinary people would publish details of their assets before the country's public servants did.

A teacher of grade 12 politics, Chen listed all his income including shopping vouchers that were gifts from students' parents.
Chen said he wished officials would publish details of the gifts they had received.

If he was disciplined because he accepted student's parents' gifts, he wanted all officials to be treated the same.

Chen listed his tools, home decorations, his 4,000-yuan (US$585) salary and even his girlfriend. He explained that many officials kept mistresses and treated them as personal belongings. His girlfriend agreed with what he was doing, he added.

Chen's activity sparked nationwide discussions. At some Websites, Chen's post received more than 4,000 responses in an hour. Several netizens joined Chen's movement and publish their assets.

Chen's identity was spotlighted via the so-called human flesh search engines or Internet vigilantes. His post at has been viewed more than 100,000 times and attracted more than 1,300 responses.

As a politics teacher, he always paid attention to political issues, Chen said. If officials published details of their assets in the future, he would not publish his any further as it was unnecessary for ordinary people to do so - otherwise he will do it again next year, he added.


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