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Posted by Eric Mu on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 5:23 PM
Starting on Monday, Wuhan Morning Post has been running a series of reports on An Deyi, a guoxue master who runs a home school to cure youngsters of Internet addiction. His course in traditional learning, which costs 30,000 yuan a year, has reportedly worked miracles in bringing young Internet junkies back to normal.
Today's issue provides more examples that An turns rebellious brats into filial sons and daughters. The newspaper also announces that to help families facing similar problems, An will hold a public lecture on December 21 in Wuhan's Youth Palace.
Here is the partial translation of a story that appeared in the December 8 issue:
To find a way out the situation, Yan's parents decided to send her to An's home school to study guoxue, or traditional Chinese learning, for two years.
An's method is to simply have Yan recite the ancient Chinese classics for a few hours every day, in combination with a healthy diet and physical exercise. According to An, "to cure Internet addiction, the simplest method is reading ancient masters' classic works....Yan will be able to recite 100,000 characters within a year if she carries on at this pace."
About two months into the treatment, Yan's addiction to the Internet has totally vanished and she has taken a healthy liking to reading Chinese classics.
Even her father, who was once so disappointed with her, believes that his rude, rebellious daughter has changed. Yan said she owes everything to An, whom she calls "Guoxue Super-Dad."
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