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Taiwan’s Jimmy Lin and Son Kimi Discover the Joy of Reading

Jimmy Lin, a well-known singer, actor, and race car driver in Taiwan, and his son Kimi, were recently vacationing in Lyon, France. While there, the elder Lin noticed that the local library was sponsoring a two week reading competition for children. Just like any other parent who saw an opportunity for his child to experience the joy of winning, Jimmy registered his son for the competition.

 

Young Kimi took the competition very seriously and he even gave up other activities just to focus on reading. He had read six books by the first week, while the other children had barely finished one or two. Jimmy was happy with his son’s progress and encouraged him to keep it up as he registered his first week’s tally at the library.

The next day, a library representative contacted Jimmy. She told him:

Jimmy Lin was surprised by this and asked: “There’s one more week to go, why not let him finish?”

The library representative said:

Jimmy was upset at first, but after he listened to the explanation, he agreed and took Kimi out of the competition. This incident left an important impression on Jimmy and caused him to reflect on the situation. He told his friends:

In China, most children are forced to read and are never given the opportunity to experience the joy of reading. Consequently, very few adults in China read, either at home and in public. They spend much of their idle time watching TV, talking on their phones, texting, or playing games.

Like most children in the west, children in France are taught the joy of reading at a very young age, and this habit is maintained for the rest of their lives. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)
Like most children in the West, children in France are taught the joy of reading at a very young age, and this habit is maintained for the rest of their lives. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Like most children in the West, children in France are taught the joy of reading at a very young age, and this habit is maintained for the rest of their lives. French people can often be seen reading a book, newspaper, or kindle while on a train, bus, or airplane. They are concentrating on reading as if there is no one else in the world.

Reading is a completely unique life experience, one that cannot be reproduced while watching TV, talking on a phone, texting, or playing a video game. The joy of reading means that you put aside the world around you and step into another.

Translated by Yi Ming and edited by Kathy McWilliams.

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