Lei Feng

Visitors pose in front of large photos of Lei Feng in an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of 'Learn from Lei Feng Day' at the Beijing World Art Museum. Photo: EPA

Lei Feng's spirit of serving others has lost its appeal

Keeping a diary about one's "good deeds" each day was shared homework for many pupils born in the 1980s. These assignments were given because teachers wanted to encourage their students to be like Lei Feng, a revolutionary who died aged just 21 in 1962 and was later hailed by the government as the poster boy for selflessness and being a model citizen.