‘Frost Boy’ in China Warms Up the Internet, and Stirs Poverty Debate

A widely shared photograph of an 8-year-old who had icicles in his hair after a 2.8-mile trek to school has become a symbol of the plight of poor rural children.

BEIJING — On a bitterly cold morning this month, Wang Fuman, 8, set out for school as he usually did, walking 2.8 miles through mountains and streams until he reached the warmth of his third-grade classroom.When Fuman arrived two hours later, his classmates erupted in laughter. The freezing temperatures had covered his hair, eyebrows and eyelashes with frost, making him look like a snowman. His cheeks were chapped and bright red.Fuman’s teacher at the Zhuanshanbao primary school, in the south...