BY: DIANA COCA
When left to their own devices, the students I’d come to photograph snuck curious peeks at my camera and offered me shy smiles, but when it came time for them to do their eye exercises, they were all business. Thirty pairs of hands began to address the acupressure points of sixty eyeballs, a drill that has been conducted daily in schools across China since the 1960s.
I tried to follow along with the exercises – which are more difficult than they look – while the teachers explained the process and its origins. Eye exercises originated at the bequest of the Chinese State Education Commission in an effort to enhance people’s awareness of eye care and blood circulation.
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