Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 2:40 PM
The video was uploaded by Professor Ho-fung Hung.
Both ESWN and Black and White Cat have published screen-shots of the original video report from the Southern Metropolis Daily. Black and White Cat makes a rundown of the answers the children gave when the reporter asked what they'd like to be once they grew up:
The video, which has since been deleted from the Southern Metropolis Daily website, is by journalist Zhang Jun (张骏), who also edited the short clip. It starts with a collage of images of schoolchildren going back to school on the first day of term － September 1. Following are interviews about the difference between school and kindergarten, for e.g.: "There is no homework at kindergarten, but there is at school."
After this, the kids begin to talk about their ideal future professions. One that Black and White Cat missed out was music school teacher, professed by a girl who ends the video with her rendition of Jasmine Flower (茉莉花).
Before the girl sings, though, the "corrupt official" girl, whose face is blurred out in both the video and in posts about the video, happily says:
"Corrupt officials have a lot of things." (贪官有很多东西)
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