If I were to ask seasoned, middle-aged individuals about their thoughts on war and love, my guess is that a handful would give me a response sprinkled with political opinions and even more would spew out jaded responses based on “the one that got away.”
But what about asking innocent children to dig into their brain and tell us what they feel about these deep issues? Their answers would be drastically different right?
Ryugin, an Okinawa-based bank, decided to go ahead and find out what sort of ideas were bouncing around in a child’s head. In a commercial titled “Children and Philosophy,” bright-eyed Japanese children give their adorable perspective on things.
The commercial, which is an advertisement for education loans that can benefit a child’s future, will have you smiling over their innocence.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard the saying that Asian children are over-achievers. Apparently in our youth, we all mastered 100 instruments, learned 50 languages, filled our days with extra-curriculars and still managed to get straight A’s. Oh, and we all knew Kung Fu too.
Well I’ve either forgotten most of those abilities or maybe, just maybe, that myth is just a myth after all. I’m gonna go ahead and lean towards the latter since the closest I’ve gotten to being musically talented are my 20 minute singing-in-the-shower concerts and the only thing I know about Kung Fu is that movies are awesome with it.
My point is, we are not all superhuman and every time I come across non-Asians who make that assumption, I wonder where they got that idea from. But then I stumble upon all the talented Asian children on YouTube and the assumptions begin to make sense to me.
They’re right– these kids are superhumans.
It’s hard to believe that these little ones possess such talent and natural ability. Check out our list of talented Asian children and be prepared to be blown away. As for me, I’m going to go curl up in a ball and wonder what I’ve been doing with my life.
1) Ryan Wang, 5-year-old piano prodigy
What were you doing at 5? Ryan Wang was performing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall after a mere year and half of lessons. Here he is performing for one of his biggest fans– a 101-year-old family friend.
2) Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong, young Filipino musicians
This duo put up a cover of “Dance with My Father” on YouTube and it skyrocketed into viral fame. For months, no one could identify who they were so Ellen went to find them.
3) Mahiro-Chan, the most fierce 7-year-old martial artist Forget cuteness, this 7-year-old will destroy you with her Kankudai skills. Mahiro-chan moves with an intensity, fierceness and speed that would impress any martial artist.
4) An entire class of talented Korean musicians
This 2nd grade class in an elementary school in Daegu, South Korea gives an impressive cover of Nujabes’ “Aquarian Dance.”
5) Three Dancers with mind-blowing choreography
Performing for DANCE@LIVE Japan 2014.
6) 4-year-old Rocker
Watch this lil guy perform a drum cover of System of A Down’s “Chop Suey.”
7) Sean Lew who began dancing at the age of 4
This professional dancer (he turned pro 3 years ago) has 7 years of dance experience, including international performances with collectiveUth and a stint on Glee.
8) Joyce Jimenez, a blind 11-year-old with an amazing voice
Residing in the Philippines, Joyce Jimenez belts out a cover of “Wrecking Ball” while following along to braille lyrics.
9) Tiny Hip-Hop Dancer
Both cute and talented, this little one has no problem following along to the choreo.
10) Taiwanese singer Lin Yu Chun
Watch him give Whitney Housten a run for her money in his cover of “I Will Always Love You.”
As Rocketnews24 points out, this strange, new device can only remind us of one thing: roller coasters.
In reality, the orange bars have absolutely nothing to do with theme parks. Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.
“According to the headmaster of the school, the desks were provided by a local centre advocating preventative care for eyesight deterioration amongst young people,” Rocketnews24 points out.
So how does it work?
As you can see, the bar forces the child’s head back. The student cannot hunch over too closely to their desk. In this way, they are encouraged to stay a certain distance away from whatever they’re writing.
The goal is that the bar will “help prevent the development of shortsightedness, or myopia, which has been linked to focusing on things too near-at-hand for significant lengths of time.”
Additionally, the bar can be moved back and double as a prop for books to make sure the student is seated far back enough from the book while reading.
We’re not quite sure we like the idea of a giant bar of steel practically begging a child to bump his/her head on it, but we’re definitely interested to see the long-term effects of this device. What do you think?
Don’t you worry. We noticed one thing in particular with these children who reach social media fame. Many of them have a killer fashion sense. That, or they have parents who understand how much we eat these pictures up. Some people complain that these fashion-heavy photos are simply parents vicariously living through their children by dressing them up to reach viral fame. Others claim that these parents simply enjoy the idea of a well-dressed toddler. Whatever the reason may be, they certainly caught our attention.
Here are kids who make the playground their runway and lower our self-esteem by dressing way better than we ever did during our toddler years.
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