We know the stereotypes of Asian parents insisting their children become doctors or scientists or theoretical mathematicians.
This new wave of photo-evidence takes our perception of Chinese study habits to terrifying levels. These pictures were snagged from the Chinese social media site Weibo, and demonstrate the creative engineering spirit of these young students, but also a aggressive obsession with the texts.
Sure, some of these look like jokes, but other ones are too elaborate to be silly ploys for laughs.
If even one person uses this technique to stay awake and engaged in the text, that society needs to seriously rethink the pressures it places on childhood education. Some of these literally look like suicide devices.