Over the past 38 years, Mr. Wang has pretended to be someone else many times, and has even learned to speak different dialects (方言), leading to him being described as an “Oscar-winning actor”.
The 60-year-old is not an actor, but a policeman. However, he is more devoted to his “role” than any real actor.
In the 1990s, a group of thieves often sold stolen goods with the help of some beggars. To look into the case, Wang disguised (伪装) himself and joined the beggars. Dirty shorts and old shoes gave him the appearance of a real beggar and his convincing dialect soon won him the trust of the beggars.
“I often invited them to drink alcohol. Once they were drunk, they began to talk a lot,” Wang said. “I’d then excuse myself to use the toilet, note down what the beggars said, and send the information to my teammates.”
Wang, who is often in dangerous situations, is also a judo (柔道) master. “As long as I get close enough, no criminal can escape from me,” he said.
Wang’s courage won him several honors, including a National May Day Labor Medal and 11 Citations of Merit.