Wu Liang Yan's child sculptures are always depicted wearing red ties, which are a key part of the Chinese school uniform. The ideal of studying well in order to attain a good career and progression for the future is deeply ingrained in Chinese society. In this sculpture, the figure adopts a pose of determination. Clenched fist in one hand and perhaps his younger sister in the other - he is depicted as bearing the weight of future generations as well. He sits on top of a book - the 'foundation' of his journey - and appears resolute and strong-willed. However, one questions if the hints of a smile really signify happiness or if he is just bracing himself for the rough world that lies ahead of him.
His figures are characterized with a red tie, which is part of every Chinese student's uniform. To him and many young artists growing up under the Communist regime, this also represents the expectations of society towards youths.