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China Daily / 2020-09 / 16 / Page007

'Brother Apple' sows seeds of approval

By ZHAO YIMENG | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-09-16 00:00

Exercise videos boost acceptance of male teachers at kindergartens

Kindergarten teacher "Brother Apple" set out with the intention of keeping youngsters fit during the COVID-19 epidemic, but quickly became an online icon.

Xia Haoyang, who teaches at a kindergarten in Qingdao, Shandong province, kept the nickname his students had given him when he started uploading clips to the Bilibili video-sharing platform earlier this year.

In the clips, the good-looking, well-groomed 23-year-old can be seen doing gymnastic exercises while music plays in the background. The videos are aimed at teaching kindergarten children how to dance and do exercises during home isolation to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. But Xia's lively moves, flexibility and healthy image attracted not only children but also adults, with his hottest clip garnering 370,000 views.

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