Xiao Jie (pronounced shih-ow jee-ah) is one of the most mature 7th graders I’ve ever met. Although she’s only 13 years old, she often sees the world from the perspective of an adult. For this reason she is a responsible and successful dorm monitor. She takes care of the younger girls as if they were her own siblings, making sure that their clothes are appropriate for the weather, reminding them to do laundry, reinforcing the curfew, etc. She can be strict sometimes, but never mean. The younger girls listen to her, but they’re never scared of her. Guan Jing Sha (Children of JFCC #1), for example, would confide in her things that she would not tell others.
On the other hand Xiao Jie is quite playful. She likes to laugh at how ridiculous some situations can be, and she loves to pull pranks on her friends such as Jia Xue (Children of JFCC #3). For her pranks, Xiao Jie has received numerous slaps on the arm.
Xiao Jie also said she wants to be able to do all the things that boys do. Her dream is to be in the special forces—so that she would never have to wear dresses again. In the photo here she was forced to wear a white dress like all the other girls for a special event. She said she hated every second of that experience.
Xiao Jie lost her father when she was four and her mother left the family. Her grandparents could not support Xiao Jie and her younger brother. They joined JFCC in November, 2010.
The children here at JFCC are wonderfully diverse and lovable. Stay tuned to meet other children of JFCC and be sure to check out our previous posts!