This is a huge sign near the classroom where I teach. It says, "Teachers, you are so hard-working!" I assume it was erected by the University, in which case it seems like a really hollow, self-congratulatory exercise. Or could it be the students who clubbed together to encourage their hard-working teachers? That seems equally weird! And yet Chinese colleagues I have spoken to about it seem to consider it quite normal, and are surprised to learn there are no similar signs in the West. "Don't Western students love their teachers?" asked one. "Errrmm, sometimes", I replied.
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