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Who would you pick as your role model or hero?

It could be someone from the past or present?

How did their example influence you?

When people think of the Chinese they just think of a mass of people where no one stands out. Is that true?
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Lin Zexu

- had the guts to dump 20,000 chests of opium into the harbor at Guangzhou. A man of principle and integrity, he was demoted by his own government when the British invaded. Wrote a letter to Queen Victoria saying if someone shipped opium to Britain, how would they feel?

Lin Zexu was a Chinese scholar and official during the Qing dynasty. He is most famous for his fight against opium smuggling in Guangzhou, which is usually considered to be the primary catalyst for the First Opium War 1839 .

Lin was born in Fuzhou, in the Fujian province. In 1811, he received the Jinshi degree, the highest title in the imperial examinations, and the same year, he was appointed to the prestigious Hanlin Academy. He rose rapidly through various grades of provincial service and became Governor-General of Hunan and Hubei in 1837.

A formidable bureaucrat known for his thoroughness and integrity, Lin was sent to Guangdong to halt the importation of opium by the British prior to the First Opium War (1838). He confiscated more than 20,000 chests of opium already at the port and supervised their destruction. He later blockaded the port from European ships. Lin also wrote a letter to Queen Victoria of Britain warning her that China was adopting a stricter policy towards everyone, Chinese or foreign, who brought opium into China. This letter expressed a desire that Victoria would act "in accordance with decent feeling" and support his efforts. The letter was never delivered to the queen, though it was published in The Times. Open hostilities between China and Britain started in 1839.

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Robin Li

He is the man who beat Google to dominate the world's fastest-growing internet market.

Robin Li 's is a search engine with a distinctly Chinese character.

To his many domestic admirers, the multimillionaire pin-up is a model internet entrepreneur who has beaten off some of the world's most powerful multinationals.

The 37-year-old founder and chief executive says he does not have much time either for plaudits or criticism. He is too busy trying to keep ahead of the rapid changes in the Chinese internet and building an empire that may one day, he predicts, pose a challenge to Bill Gates' Microsoft.

That may sound ambitious for a company that few people outside China have heard of, but Li has already come a long way in a very short space of time. Since he entered the business four years ago, Baidu has rapidly overtaken Google and Yahoo! as the leading Chinese search engine. It is easily China's most popular navigation site - its directory of a billion web pages is used by 90m people a day out of an online population of 100m.,,1661905,00.html

Closely followed is Zhou Hongyi:'s founder and CEO, Zhou Hongyi had this to say about the upcoming dash for cash, "My job in China is to kick Google's ass."

Obviously, a modern Chinese man with attitude!


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Hu Jintao

Hu Jintao (born December 21, 1942) is currently the Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China, holding the titles of President of the People's Republic of China, Chairman of the Central Military Commission and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China since 2003.

Since his ascendancy China's global influence has increased greatly since he took office:

Hu has been a vigorous ambassador for China: the pattern was set in 2004, when Hu spent two weeks in South America--more time than George W. Bush had spent on the continent in four years--and pledged billions of dollars in investments in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Cuba. While 888, China's Premier, was visiting 15 countries last year, Hu spent time in the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya. In a three-week period toward the end of 2006, he played host to leaders from 48 African countries in Beijing, went to Vietnam for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, slipped over to Laos for a day and then popped off for a six-day tour of India and Pakistan.

For someone whose comfort zone is supposed to be domestic affairs, that's quite a schedule. "Look at Africa, look at Central America, look at parts of Asia," says Eberhard Sandschneider, a China scholar who is head of the German Council on Foreign Relations. "They are playing a global game now."

Eight Do's and Don'ts

In March 2006, Hu Jintao released the Eight Do's and Don'ts as a set of moral codes to be followed by the Chinese people, and emphasized the need to spread the message to youth. Alternatively known as the Eight Honours and Disgraces, it contained eight poetic lines which summarized what a good citizen should regard as an honour and what to regard as a shame.

Love, do not harm the motherland.
Serve, don't disserve the people.
Uphold science; don't be ignorant and unenlightened.
Work hard; don't be lazy and hate work.
Be united and help each other; don't gain benefits at the expense of others.
Be honest and trustworthy, not profit-mongering at the expense of your values.
Be disciplined and law-abiding instead of chaotic and lawless.
Know plain living and hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.

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Lang Lang

Born in 1982 in Shen Yang, China, Lang Lang has shown himself to be an artist of maturity and depth well beyond his years. His live performances are so stunning, he frequently brings wildly cheering recital audiences to their feet.

He's such a big star and identifiable role model in China that piano maker Steinway and Co. is partnering with him on a "Lang Lang" piano.

"It's a brand they created with me as a partner to make kids more interested in the piano," said Lang. "The piano allows children to put a Mickey Mouse on it, and it has an area where you can be creative and write poetry."

As a successful Chinese artist who is also a big name in the West, he's rapidly becoming part of a musical equation that includes the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma and composer Tan Dun.

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Shing-Tung Yau

For nine months of the year, Yau is a Harvard math professor, best known for inventing the mathematical structures known as Calabi-Yau spaces that underlie string theory, the supposed "theory of everything." In 1982 he won a Fields Medal, the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

Yau can be found holding court in the Yenching restaurant in Harvard Square or off the math library in his cramped office, where the blackboard is covered with equations and sketches of artfully chopped-up doughnuts.

But the other three months he is what his friend Andrew Strominger, a Harvard physicist, called "the emperor ascendant of Chinese science," one of the most prominent of the "overseas Chinese" who return home every summer to work, teach, lobby, inspire and feud like warlords in an effort to advance world-class science in China.

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Foul play

We all know the main reason the Baidu guy had an edge in comparison to Google in terms of Chinese user support and amount is opening a channel to download MP3's. If Google made some sort of way to download free music I am quite sure they will get a even higher amount of users. That is to say, if they were ignorant and turned a blind eye on respecting intellectual property rights such as 'blatantly' stealing music. Though not directly but it created a hub to search and exchange music of all sorts by illegal international standards.
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