Foreign News: Ex-Smasheroo

Wu Hsun was an illiterate Shantung peasant who was kicked, starved, beaten and left to freeze as a reward for his ignorance. But Wu had vision and persistence. He determined to beg money for free schools so that other poor children should not grow up as he did. He stood in the cold outside rich men's houses for hours waiting for a dropped coin. Once he knelt begging for three days outside an official's mansion. By 1896, his persistence had earned him enough to build three schools and make him a legend among Chinese schoolchildren.

Last fall Shanghai's Kun Lun studios put...

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