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People in China are angry after a news video showed caretakers at an old folks’ home abusing the elderly

A summary from Shanghaiist:

An investigative report by Henan Television uncovering the abuse at an old folks home in Zhengzhou has shocked people in the provincial capital and sparked a nationwide outrage.

It all began when a taxi driver surnamed Wang decided to park himself one morning at 3.30am outside the Changleyuan Old Folks Home to catch a few winks. What sounded like the cries of an old man wafting from the convalescent home startled Wang… So the next morning, and for many early mornings afterwards, Wang decided to come back to the same spot.

He discovered that each morning, at around 4am, a male nurse would turn on the lights, enter the rooms of some of the old folks, and physically abuse them. The loud cries of one old man begging the nurse to stop led Wang to tip off Henan TV’s City Channel, which then sent a crew to film the nightly goings-on undercover.

To complete the investigation, the Henan TV journalist visited the home in the day, pretending to have parents that he wanted to have placed in the home. He was told by a woman of the “excellent service” provided by the home, and shown pictures of smiling, happy elderly folk. When asked why some of the old folk were bound in bed, the woman replied that only the temperamental, impossible ones were tied up, and that the way they were tied up ensured no physical harm was inflicted.

Henan TV’s City Channel report from

We have translated what some netizens are saying:

One needs to have connections in order to get the elderly parent into a public nursing home. Those who are in the nursing homes must have connections with Chinese party officials. Private nursing homes usually ask for an astronomical fee. In other words, if you don’t have money, don’t come here.

讓子彈飛向敵人 –
There are cruel and heartless caretakers in every nursing home. That’s a fact. Cruel caretakers are terrible, but the environment that nurtures these caretakers is even more terrible.


It happens at our local nursing home too. My elderly mother was admitted to a public nursing home—with some help of course. She is incontinent and always wet her pants. The staff washed her warm pants and hid it. So later my mother caught a cold and I had to question them to get the pants back. They also locked my mother in her room and my mother jumped out of the window to escape and she broke her leg.

中 國人歷來講究“尊老愛幼”的傳統,希望達到一種“老吾老以及人之老,幼吾幼以及人之幼”的理想狀態。我們不去討論該不該把老人送進養老院這個老話題,單就 是送進去了,老人就應該在裏面安享晚年。不要求多麼高的幸福指數,但起碼的生活及情感需要還是應該滿足的。
此則消息著實讓人毛骨悚然,養老院裏的老人怎 麼會受到如此“待遇”?當然護工肯定是冷血殘忍。但我們更應該認真思考這殘忍行為的背後有著怎麼的支撐環境。
Traditionally, Chinese people always respect the elderly and “care for the young.” Let’s not discuss whether we should send our elderly parents to the nursing home. Once older people are in the nursing home, they should enjoy their lives. We don’t expect them to be blissfully happy, but at least they should have their minimal needs taken cared of.
This message gives me goose bumps that the elderly in a nursing home are treated like this. Of course, the caretaker is definitely cruel and heartless. However, we should seriously think about the kind of environment behind it that supports this kind of incidents.

The social environment that breeds this kind of cruel heartless caretakers may be:
1.    Insufficient funding from the community and the Chinese regime.
2.    Lack of professional training.
3.    Low salary for caretakers.
4.    Hard work and exhausting physical work.
In any case, brutal behavior is no doubt a heinous criminal act.

I am very angry. Isn’t there a monitoring system for this? No wonder so many old folks are so afraid of nursing homes.

The ‘real hell on earth’ is in the nursing homes, orphanages, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, and detention centers all over China.

chennadoudou :
More and more people are getting older in China. China has to improve its protection of the elderly, and set up more organizations for them. Meanwhile, it has to strengthen its support for families to take care of their elderly.

These care workers are heartless, but we should investigate the system of nursing homes in China.



地球真是一个危险的地方 看守所 疯人院 幼儿园 高校 养老院~下一个危险的地方是哪里?

It is very sad ~
This earth is really an unsafe place. Now it is the detention centers, psychiatric wards, kindergartens, and nursing homes. What is the next place? Old men are helpless, old men are helpless ~


One cannot get into a public nursing home; one cannot afford to get into a private nursing home either. And, that’s a social reality.


我有次在 第三福利医院 看见 有护工叫老人学狗叫 才肯退他进房间 万恶啊
In the Third Welfare Hospital, I once saw a caretaker make an old man bark like a dog before he agreed to wheel him into the room. It was such an evil thing to do!


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Behind the Egg-and-Shoe-Throwing Incident—Why Do Chinese Netizens Hate Dr. Fang Binxing?

A summary from AFP:

Internet users in China are hailing a student who claims to have thrown a shoe at the architect of the country’s so-called “Great Firewall” of Internet controls during a university appearance.

Police in central China on Friday refused to comment on the alleged attack on Fang Binxing at Wuhan University by a student who identified himself online only as “hanunyi”.

But the student has been hailed by web users — posts that were later deleted by authorities under the very system that Fang designed to snuff out information or comment that the government considers a threat to its authority.

“He is the enemy of all netizens who are forced to scale the wall all day long,” said one typical comment, later deleted by web monitors.

One of the students who pelted Fang Binxing with eggs and a shoe at Wuhan University on May 23. ( )

Tens of thousands of tweets and micro-blog posts were cheering the “Shoe Incident.”  Many have been removed from Chinese cyberspace.

Here are some samples translated by China Digital Times:


Principal Fang questioned [the host]: Before the lecture, there were already discussions on Twitter about the protest, why did not you take any precautionary measures?

Wuhan University host: We could not open that website, so we did not know what they were talking about.

* 方滨兴,你忘屏敝鞋了!‎

Fang Binxing, you have forgotten to block my shoe!

An empty lectern buried in shoes, posted by the Southern Daily Group comic artist Kuang Biao to his blog (


Principal Fang, next time will be a high heel!!

* “鸡蛋诚可贵,拖鞋价更高。若为滨兴故,二者皆可抛”

‘Egg is dear, shoes are dearer. Both can be given up for Binxing.’ [Reference to a poem by Petőfi Sándor, Hungarian poet and revolutionary: “Life is dear,
love is dearer. Both can be given up for freedom.”]

Here are few more:


Makes me happy, I found out too late, or I would’ve joined.


Support! Man and Gods alike are angry at the father of the GFW


Fang Binxing, known as the Father of the Great Firewall. (AP)

“He’s a scientist, but willingly became a tool for politicians. He took away the rights of the masses in exchange for the interests of a few people. If there was a lamentable person, Fang Binxing would be one. That’s why netizens who know what’s going on are full of hate and disgust for him.

Why do people hate Fang Binxing?

We spoke over the phone with online publisher Mr. Li Hongkuan, chief editor and founder of VIP Reference (Dacankao). Here is what he told us.

I think most students are frustrated, when we try to visit a website that website has been banned or failed due to the “Great Firewall of China”, and that happens all the time in our life. They got fed up and need someone to blame.

Mr. Fang…is the person that has been responsible for building up this “Firewall” and somehow [the news about his visit] was widely spread. So a lot of young people knew that he was the chief architect of this “Great Firewall”, so they turn to blame him.

… A lot of websites are banned. And certainly a lot of people hate that.

What does this shoe stand for?

The young people – they are getting bolder and bolder. If they are angry, they express it. The older generation, among ourselves, even if we know that the Chinese Communist Party…restricts our freedom, we are afraid to express it. We don’t want to say, even though we don’t like the way the Communist [Party] treated us.

Right now, the younger generation is getting even more courageous in speaking their opinions.  They threw a shoe at this person as an expression of anger. I think that’s a bold expression.  The older generation usually would not do it. The younger generation is more liberated… I will not be surprised if similar things will happen more and more openly in the future.

The real meaning of this “shoe incident” is that the Chinese people, like all the other people in the world, regard freedom as a basic human right and everybody wants it.

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China’s Future Leader Xi Jinping Emphasizes Study of Marxism

Summary from Chinascope:

At the commencement ceremony of the second session of the spring semester of the Central Party School, the highest training institute for Chinese Communist Party officials, Xi Jinping, China’s Vice President and the President of the CPS, delivered a speech emphasizing reading the classic writings of Marxism… [saying], “You cannot do without the guidance of Marxist philosophy and the methodology of dialectical materialism and historical materialism.”

China's Future Leader Xi Jinping Emphasizes Study of Marxism (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Why talk about Marxism all of a sudden?

After 30 years of capitalist reform and economic growth in China, few Chinese still believe in the basic tenants of Marxism and communism, such as replacing private property with co-operative ownership.  So why, in 2011, is the future leader of China calling for a return to Marxist values?

We spoke with political science professor Edward Friedman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here is what he told us over the phone.

Why is the next leadership in China talking about Marxism?

I think [Xi Jinping] is talking not even just to the Party but to the entire Chinese people.

There is every reason to think that this [next] leadership is going to be less open to civil society, less open to personal freedom, more interested in making use of disciplines, which will be defined as being in favor of equality and on the side of the people who’ve been left out. And they know there is anger in the society at the corruption in the country, and the great polarization between rich and poor, and they are looking for a way of maintaining power, maintaining their legitimacy.

I think that they believe using this language in this way of thinking about these things first makes good sense to them, and will be very attractive to many Chinese people who do not like the features of the present system.

They are conscious of these problems in the society; they [are] going to hold onto power and this is one of the ways they intend to do it.

This would mean that—you could already see it beginning to happen actually—that personal freedoms will be restricted, you could already see it coming, current with the restrictions on the use of various websites and blogs and so on…from the point of view of young people who experience their very way of life as having open access to these kinds of modes of social communication, they definitely will experience the change as making life worse for them.

I think that is not an intended consequence but an unintended consequence of the regime’s attempt to try to deal with certain problems, in ways which always maintain the monopoly of power for the Chinese Communist Party.

And Marxism is one of those ways; they think it legitimizes the Party.

I think [the leaders] mean to sell them [those words] at a popular level too. They feel that these things are something which will get a popular response from people in the society who are upset about corruption, polarization and things like that. It’s meant very much to appeal to ordinary Chinese people too.

I could be wrong, but I would expect Xi Jinping’s administration to be going much more in a direction which people would think of as being as more orthodox Leninist —I mean, they say “Marx” but they mean “Lenin”—more orthodox Leninist.

It would mean, I think, a decrease in personal freedom and social space. But what [Xi Jinping] hopes it would mean is less corruption, less polarization, and more support for the Party.

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Two Female “Urban Management” Officers Fight–Netizens Find Angry, Sarcastic Relief

Summary from China Hush:

“城管Chengguan” (Urban management officer) is officer who is in charge of enforcement of urban management of the city… Yet for some reasons, chengguans perceived as gang members with badges are mostly associated with city appearance bylaws alone and the public seems to have a rather negative opinion towards them: confiscating poor street vendors’ goods, violent treatment to the street vendors, etc. The clashes between common people and chengguan constantly happen and some of these clashes are deadly.

Yesterday in Chong Qing province, two female Chengguans fought each other in the street and has attracted quite a crowd at the scene… Later the photos of the fight was posted online and become viral.

Alone in one post in, more than 30 thousand netizens have commented.


“This is only a drill…for their later fight with the street vendors.”


They’re competing for the job position, easy everybody…”

网易吉林省长春市网友 ip:125.32.*.* 2011-05-11 09:11:42 发表

“They fight because they didn’t split up the dirty money fairly?”

Quite a scene in Chong Qing province: Two female Chengguans fight in the street. Other male Chengguans try to separate them. (

Here are some more comments from

北京市网友05-11 20:18 发表


 “What do you people know? These are our ‘public servants’ doing practical training, so that they can better serve us!”

河南省郑州市网友05-12 09:48 发表


 “Looking at these law enforcers, can you believe that they won’t extend their fists to street vendors?”

山东省烟台市网友05-11 10:25 发表


 “They’re really deemed themselves worthy of their uniforms!!! Hahaha.”

广西南宁市网友05-11 11:08 发表


 “Great to watch, much more interesting than Chengguang beating up street vendors!!!”

山东省荷泽市网友05-11 13:16 发表


 “Law enforcement units are all like this, they fight in the public and behind the scene.”

四川省南充市网友05-11 17:20 发表


 “Chengguans are a pack of scums, I don’t know which scum established this scum unit in China that’s worse than bandits! This is the sorrow of Chinese people!!!!!!”

北京市网友05-11 18:19 发表


 “Chengguangs have the worst mannerisms, they should’ve been disbanded long ago.”

山西省太原市网友05-11 19:42 发表


 “Related department has issued a notice, saying this is a drill to improve Chengguan’s combat skills. Everyone remain clam!”

广东省深圳市网友05-11 22:15 发表


 “Gangster law enforcement team, hehehe!”

黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友05-11 22:36 发表


 “A waste of taxpayer’s money!”



 “This is very normal, when you wear this uniform you need to beat people up.”

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Survey: 60% of Chinese Sad Over bin Laden’s Death

A front page of a newspaper featuring a picture of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in front of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2011. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Summary from The Washington Post:

Anti-American sentiment continues to be rampant among Chinese Internet users, most of them educated elites.

Immediately after the Navy SEALs’ successful mission that killed bin Laden, China’s Phoenix TV website conducted an online poll on the death of the world’s No. 1 terrorist. By midnight Tuesday, more than a half-million people responded. Asked “How do you feel about the death of Osama bin Laden,” 59.9 percent said they were “saddened, because an anti-American fighter has fallen.” About 20 percent indicated that they were “happy that he is dead.”

The same poll showed that while a clear majority strongly endorsed bin Laden’s anti-American “heroism,” almost 60 percent of those polled expressed disapproval of bin Laden’s indiscriminate killing of innocent people.

The strong anti-American hatred was reflected in website after website, microblog after microblog, across China’s vast cyberspace. In the most popular online chat room, Strong China Forum (qiangguoluntan), hosted under the aegis of the Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece, the People’s Daily newspaper, almost all comments on bin Laden’s death predicted a gloom-and-doom future for the United States, as the death of bin Laden, they say, will expedite America’s decline.

Here is a translation of part of the original survey:

From Phoenix TV website (Chinese Only)
Percentages are based on 480,212 survey responses as of May 13, 2011.

1. How do you feel about bin Laden‘s death?
1. Happy, the head of terrorism is finally brought down (18.3%)
2. Sad, an “anti-American hero” has fallen (59.9%)
3. Much to ponder, it takes 10 years to sharpen a sword, American finally had its revenge (12.2%)
4. [I’m a] bystander, what does his life or death have to do with me? (9.6%)

2. How do you view Bin Laden?
1. He’s the number one terrorist, and a threat to world peace (18.6%)
2. He’s an anti-American hero, but his terrorist acts that hurt innocent people cannot be accepted (57.6%)
3. He’s a fanatic fundamentalist; splitting from traditional Islam has made him a legend (15.4%)
4. Cannot be explained (8.4%)

3. Do you think Bin Laden’s death is an effective blow to terrorism?
1. Yes, this is a war against terrorism, and terrorism will be curbed (16.8%)
2. Yes, Islamist extremism is on the decline, and this marks the end (2.4%)
3. No, bin Laden is not the central figure, and his death will have no impact on terrorism (24.7%)
4. No, more people will join the extremist forces, and terror activities will intensify (47.8%)
5. Cannot be explained (8.3%)

Why do so many Chinese seem to have anti-American sentiment?

We spoke with Lynn White, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Here is what he told us over the phone.

Do 60% of Chinese people really feel bin Laden was a “hero”?

I’m not sure they do, in a full way. It is a very complicated question…

Two feelings: The first is that in the population broadly in China, there is a kind of skeptic-cynic attitude. On the one hand, there is some admiration to the United States. On the other hand, there is a feeling among a lot of people—and that would especially would apply to people who reply to an online survey, in other words, who tend to be more intellectuals—the feeling the United States is maybe trying to keep China down, to prevent China’s rise, of which they are very proud.

Another way to put that, though, is that that sample is not quite the same as the Chinese leadership. The Chinese leadership is so concerned about the dangers of instability… that they, I think, want to rock the boat less than the sample of people who might reply in large numbers that way in the survey. In other words, both, the whole population of China and the leadership may be a little bit more calm about this than that statistics of 60% would suggest.

Is there any Anti-Americanism In China?

If the question is if there is any Anti-Americanism in China, the answer is “yes”. If the question is if there is some basis for it the answer to that is “yes”—as there is also basis for anti-Chinese feelings in the United States. After all, leaders of very large countries with all sorts of interests—they don’t completely agree on everything, or their populaces don’t completely agree on everything. It’s perfectly natural.

The question is what are the results of that. And I trust and hope that future Chinese leaderships, such as the one coming next year, will not rock the boat. That is, they may have certain resentment of the United States, but you know, what will they do about it? And we might ask the same question of Americans, if American have certain resentments of China… what they will do or decide not to do about those differences is much more important question.

What do the survey results mean?

We should make a distinction between attitudinal surveys and behavior or actions. It’s the actions that are much more important.

And what should we think of the survey? We should ask questions about surveys like this, the kinds that I have asked: what were the alternative answers, what was the sample, does it really represents what everybody in China thinks? It doesn’t.  It doesn’t represent what most farmers think because those farmers don’t go online. It doesn’t represents what the top of the leadership thinks because the top of the leadership has more responsibility, more need to care for the effects of its actions than those people who respond to a survey like this.

It should teach us to think better, teach Americans to think more clearly about what attitudinal expression like this means. I don’t think they mean that much actually.

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Chinese Moonwalking Granny Has “Got Talent”

Summary from

65-year-old Bai Shuying gave a surprisingly spry audition on China’s Got Talent — yes, Beijing has their own version of the show, too — in a Michael Jackson-themed number that she choreographed entirely by herself.

Here’s the full performance on Youtube:

A blogger named “A Stroke of Life” on says it all:

Most importantly, Grandma Bai lets everyone, or at least myself, see the other side of the lives of the elderly, and has taken away my fear of being old.

Usually when I talk about growing old, there’s a certain element of fear because old age symbolizes degeneration, and your life becomes bland and lonely.

But Grandma Bai has changed my thought on this; your life can still be colorful and full even if you are old.

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Chinese Driver Stabs Accident Victim 8 Times – Citizens Reflect on Morality in China

Summary from Yahoo:

In recent months the Chinese public has been shocked by multiple cases of drivers killing accident victims in hopes of evading legal responsibilities.

 The most famous incident happened in October last year, when 21-year-old music student Yao Jiaxin hit a cyclist while driving in the northwestern city of Xi’an. After he noticed the cyclist was trying to memorize the license plate number of his car, Yao returned and stabbed her to death. While on trial for murder, Yao said he killed the woman, 26-year-old Zhang Miao, because she looked like a peasant and he feared she would hound him for compensation. Last month the Intermediate People’s Court of Xi’an sentenced Yao to death.

 In December a truck driver who collided with a beggar in the southwestern city of Chongqing ran over her repeatedly in an attempt to avoid legal trouble. The driver, 21-year-old Tian Houbo, said he thought no one would notice the death of a beggar. And on Saturday, a driver in the southeastern city of Fuzhou who collided with a six-year-old girl ran over her a second time according to reports. She was later pronounced dead.

China is a massive country, and it’s unlikely this handful of cases represent any sort of large-scale trend. But they have prompted national concern about the state of morality and values in China. These cases also speak of China’s yawning class divide, with wealthier citizens in cars assaulting poorer people on bikes and foot. Rather than represent a new phenomenon, it is likely that the prominence of the Yao Jiaxin case has elevated the profile of similar incidents elsewhere.

NTD News story from April 23, 2011

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