Chinese youths' reading presents unstable and contradictory state

17:01, April 23, 2010      

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Primary school students ranked a comic book, "Old Master Q," in first place on a list of unhealthy books. They also ranked the same book in second place on a list of best-sellers. Several years ago, a survey on the reading habits of primary school students in Guangzhou showed that the reading tendencies of youths are very unstable and contradictory.

Today (April 23) is World Book Day and the Guangzhou Committee of the China Democratic League (GCCDL) recently conducted a survey that showed that nearly 49 percent of primary and middle school students in Guangzhou still are willing to buy certain books although they know that these books contain unhealthy content.

The survey also showed that on one hand, these students acknowledge that the juvenile literature which are helpful for their learning are excellent and mainstream books, but on the other hand, they are still willing to buy books that they themselves think are unhealthy. Furthermore, over 14 percent of primary and middle school students mainly read books from their schools or public libraries and about 67 percent read by themselves.

By People's Daily Online


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