Thursday, July 05, 2007

Chinese stamps celebrate passing college exams

The Shanghai Postal Bureau has announced that students who took this year's college entrance exams can now get their own postage stamps made to celebrate.

In an article that appeared on the Shanghai Daily Web site, reporters Yan Zhen and Zou Qi said that the stamps will show a blossom symbolizing prosperity, a portrait of the student and a message saying congratulation for passing the exam.

Gu Xiaoming, a sociologist at Fudan University, is quoted in the article as saying, "Stamps were sacred public products issued in the name of a country. They shouldn't be used to differentiate between citizens who could pass the exam or not."

"The aim of the service is to commemorate the moment of passing the exam for students, but those who didn't pass can also apply," said an official with the Shanghai Postal Bureau.

Shown above is a 1999 U.S. postage stamp showing a serviceman going back to college on the GI Bill.

To read the entire article, click here.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM