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Zhou Youze came from a poor village in Sichuan, but the bright young man did well enough to get into one of China's top universities.

To put himself through school, he gave tuition and took on odd jobs. After graduation, he worked as an accountant and supported his sister, who was still schooling. But he struggled with the pressures of living in a big city.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 17, 2019, with the headline 'Flap in China over 'toxic chicken soup for the soul''. Print Edition | Subscribe