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College student sends dirty clothes to grandma, faces backlash


09:02, September 27, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- A female college student in east China has garnered public and media attention since sending her dirty clothes and socks home to be washed by her grandmother.

A 74-year-old woman in the northeastern city of Dalian last week received a parcel of dirty clothes from her granddaughter who recently enrolled in a university in Qingdao. The student asked her grandmother to return the clothes after washing them, according to a local newspaper.

Newspapers and online news services quickly circulated the report, thrusting the student under the spotlight with commentaries criticizing her as well as the modern family and education systems.

Since the beginning of the fall semester, media reports have continuously emerged about a number of new college students -- often the products of one-child families -- crying or fainting during routine military training. Some parents have even stood nearby to watch their sons and daughters perform the exercises.

These reports have shocked many and given rise to the question of whether indulgent parents should be to blame for their children's inability to take care of themselves.

"(The young students) should have basic operating abilities, and they surely need to know how to tend to their clothes and their lives themselves," wrote netizen "snow" on Sina Weibo, a popular Twitter-like microblogging service in China. "They can not depend on their families their whole lives."

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