It’s unclear when this picture was taken, but it appeared on 王浩然vic‘s Weibo yesterday. Netizens have expressed bemusement. Why this young lady needs a desk to read is a question I’ll not answer here. Instead, I’ll point you to Helen Gao’s recent article in The Atlantic about gaokao. One feels compelled to rip the desk away, tell the young lady, “Go play soccer!” But as Gao points out, “Education experts in China have debated the perks and flaws of the country’s rote teaching style for years, but most students, comfortably immersed in a system that rewards and reinforces their ability to memorize and emulate instead of to analyze and question, might not as easily realize its limits from the inside.”
There is never, ever that much room on a subway in China. Ever. Ever ever.