Tag Archives: China

Graphic Video of Yueyue Accident in Foshan, China

18 Oct

Warning: the video above is extremely graphic and difficult to watch. Millions of Chinese people are debating the country’s moral customs following a horrifying accident that left a two-year-old toddler gravely injured and likely brain-dead.

Surveilance video paints an unmistakable picture of what happened. The two-year-old, named Yueyue, was absent-mindly wandering outside her family’s hardware store on a narrow street in a busy market. Out of nowhere, a van driver runs over the girl. The driver pauses for a second, as the girl lies trapped between the front and rear wheels of his vehicle, before he continues driving and runs her over again.

When reached by local media later, the man said he had just broken up with his girlfriend and was talking on the phone during the accident. “If she is dead, I may pay only about 20,000 yuan ($3,125). But if she is injured, it may cost me hundreds of thousands yuan,” he said.

Perhaps even more appalling is what happens next. Several people, some of whom have to have witnessed the accident, walk right by the fallen girl as she writhes on the ground. One man walks by without even looking at the girl. A cyclist makes a brief glance but continues on his way. In all, 18 people walk past the girl over an eight minute period before a 58-year-old trash collector named Chen Xianmei comes to her aid (there must be a parable in there).

After searching for someone to help, the trash collector located the girl’s mother who rushed her away to hospital. She continues to live but will remain in a vegetative state.

2 Examples of Extreme Overcrowding in China

19 Sep

Most people already know that China is the world’s most populous country with more than 1 billion people. Well, here’s two examples of how the country deals with having that many people they need to care for.

1) 66 Children In One Small Van: Police officers in Hebei Province stopped a small van that they suspected of carrying too many children. Inside, they found 66 young schoolchildren crammed into a space that was supposed to carry eight people at most. Someone had removed the backseat and placed four wooden benches in its place. The police provided 12 vans to get the children home safely.

2) That is One Swimming Pool: This scene comes from Daying county in Sichuan province. An underground lake has “salt content is similar to that of the real Dead Sea.” Apparently one hour inside is equivalent to eight hours of sleep. Thus, the crowds of people come.

Li-Wan Miraculously Survives Suicide Attempt in Changchun

19 May

On the day of their scheduled wedding, Wang Lu got cold feet and called off his wedding with Li-Wan. The incident occurred in Changchun, eastern China and prompted the bride to attempt suicide. She sat on the ledge of her apartment, more than 80 feet above the ground and contemplated ending her life. Then, just as she was about to jump, a local rescue worker came to her aid. He managed to grab her by the neck, and with the help of some people in the apartment below, hauled  her back to safety.

The woman was taken to hospital for observation. Attempts to reach her ex-fiancee were unsuccessful. The man who rescuer was very modest after the fact, saying only “I did what anyone would have done.”

For more on the story, see the New York Post story.

Inside the Shady Chinese Organ Market

16 May

Al Jazeera takes a look at the shady, unknown black market of organs in China. The country estimates that 1.5 million people need organ transplants but just 10,000 receive them annually. As a result, desperate people in need of money help make up the difference.

A couple of clicks on the Internet bring you to sites offering human organs at reasonable prices.  The story follows one migrant farm worker who offers to sell her kidney for around $50,000. If she decides to follow through, she will travel to Xuzhou city in Jiangsu province where someone will meet her upon arrival. If a physical finds her to be in good health, the dealer will find a suitable match and promises to transfer $50,000 to her bank account before the operation.

Unfortunately, the operators of these black market businesses are hardly reputable and will often only pay $15,000 once the operation is complete.

This is an important story, so thanks to Al Jazeera for publishing it.

Singer Covers Rebecca Black’s Friday in Chinese

12 May

YouTube user dawen decided that 1 billion people needed to hear Rebecca Black’s monstrosity in their native language: Chinese. So, he recorded his version of it. It sounds just as ridiculous as the original and I don’t even speak Chinese.

Oh, PS, Glee also covered “Friday” in their most recent episode.

Rebecca Black must be laughing all the way to the bank. 136 million views and counting for the original song on YouTube.