Premier Wen Jiabao's Fans Start a Facebook Fan Page for Him
May 27, 2008 | 9,111
But Wen's not only a frugal leader and a selfless civil servant in his youth! The old photographs below, were posted to a thread on the Tianya BBS in May 2007, it turns out he was quite the dreamboat at that time. The original poster, "26 Degrees Below Zero," confessed to being a Wen Jiabao fan; inspired by the creative names Super Girls fans came up with, she called herself "Eight Treasure Rice Pudding" (八宝饭; "treasure" appears in Wen's name and "rice" sounds like the English word "fan"). Wen himself was given the cutesy nickname Wen Baobao (温宝宝).
Chinese netizens have turned Wen's quote below into a widely-distributed Internet meme in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake:
"Any trivial matter multiplied by 1.3 billion will become a big problem;
Any astronomical figure divided by 1.3 billion will become a tiny number."
"A little kindness multiplied by 1.3 billion will become an ocean of love;
A great problem divided by 1.3 billion will become a trivial matter."
— Prime Minister Wen Jiabao
Taiwan's China Times (中国时报) published an article titled "Wen's fans: Young Wen Jiabao looks like Tony Leung" that suggested nicknames for other Chinese politicians: Taotao (Hu Jintao, 胡锦涛, 涛涛), Lailai (Bo Xilai, 薄熙来, 来来), Xingxing (Li Zhaoxing, 李肇星, 星星), and Jiujiu (Ma Ying-jeou, 马英九, 九九).
"Taotao," China's paramount leader, was not left out of the Tianya thread. Although he doesn't have Wen's animal magnetism, Hu still has his fans, known as "Assorted Rice" (什锦饭). Fuzzy scans of archive photos of Hu during his days as a member of a Tsinghua University dance troupe surfaced, as did other images of the President during his days out west.
1. Wen Jiabao's Facebook Page
2. Danwei's article: A portrait of the Premier as a young man
3. Danwei's article: Wen Jiabao on Facebook
4. Shanghaiist's Quote of the Day: Premier Wen Jiabao (温家宝) and Chinese netizens
5. Thread on Tianya BBS: 温宝宝年轻时的照片 (Photos of Wen Baobao in His Youth)