The New Citizen

Mantra of Success

The national television game show Outlook English, in which Chinese youth compete to demonstrate their English language skills, has taken on an American Idol-like popularity. The show was originally conceived to raise the level of spoken English in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics. More than 20,000 teenage contestants entered this year's competition. By May 31 the field had narrowed to three finalists who went head-to-head for the championship at a China Central Television studio in Beijing.

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A hair stylist at the Mei-Li hair salon in Beijing, China, leads her colleagues in their daily calisthenics routine. "Our military-style discipline and teamwork promotes a consistent atmosphere that benefits customers and employees alike," said Mei-Li owner, Chi-Lai Cheng.

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Mei-Li hair salon owner Cheng Qilai attributes his salon's success to the "military-style discipline and teamwork" that characterizes his employee management model.

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Helen Melon of The Foot Style Rockers takes her turn in the center of the circle at a jam session.

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Breakers and hip-hop fans meet at monthly jam sessions hosted by local DJs and break dance crews.

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DJ Wordy spins records at a jam session he cohosts with the Foot Style Rockers.

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The Foot Style Rockers as well as members of The Forbidden City Break Rock crew entertain a crowd.

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The crew huddles around a computer during a break to watch YouTube videos of other dancers.

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Lil’ Rock-It practices a new move. At 12, he is the youngest member of the crew.

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