Memes on "xiaozhen zuotijia", or "small-town swot" -- a term some have coined to describe those from rural areas who worked hard to get admission into a university -- are back on Chinese social networking sites.
The term is nothing new and was once used for those from humble beginnings as self-mocking as they lack broader vision and social resources,
but it is also proof of fairness in education and employment opportunities and class mobility.
Not long ago, netizens used to ridicule their rural counterparts by saying they can only solve questions on exam papers but lacked flexibility, even blaming them for working overtime.
It led to those with humble beginnings feeling like misfits.
However, this clearly does not hold water any more.
So many rural young people have got a better life after clearing gaokao, dubbed one of the most grueling exam in the world,
which determines which universities its takers can attend on the basis of their scores, something that ultimately has a life-changing consequence on their lives.
Thanks to higher education, many youngsters from humble beginnings got brighter job prospects and social mobility.
It is no exaggeration to say that many small-town swots have participated and contributed to China's development over the past four decades.
They are the best example of how China's talent selection system is open and meritocratic.
Such vitality in social mobility should be encouraged rather than mocked at.