Monday, September 03, 2012

China, Call An Ambulance

What an English speaking foreigner in Shanghai actually said around 10:30 in the morning of August 10, 2012 was, 'fuck you Chinese, call an ambulance.'

It was at a busiest corner, intersection of W Huaihai Rd and Xinhua Rd, in downtown Shanghai. An old man was lying on the sidewalk unconsciously. By-standers passing by, some stayed away out of a perimeter of at least 10 yards. It looked weird and creepy.

Before jumping on your moral judgement of what's in the mind of hundreds people who passed by that morning, it helps to travel back to a case dabbed Calabash Monk Case of Nanjing, where a Judge Wang Hao famously asked a young man who tried to help an old woman, 'had you not caused her problem, why did you attend a stranger on the street?' The young man was ordered to pay the old woman's medical expenses, only because he was stopped to help.

China is always proud of its long history of culture and social orders, a comfort zone Chinese can always refer to when frustrated by aggressive cultural invasions from the western world. Although often humbled by the whites, Chinese never let go a chance to discriminate on blacks. But one black student from Central Africa put many Chinese in shame, by being the only one who dare speak honestly.

August 29, 2012 at Luogang Airport in Hefei, Anhui, a traveler and his wife, drunk, and having made the entire flight waited, got on the airplane with tons of bags and suitcases. The couple beat up a flight attendant and threw suitcases at her. The flight attendant did nothing but fled to the end of the plane and cry. The attendant later described the incident on Weibo, which generated a public outcry. When the flight touched down in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, it turned out the traveler was an army officer Col. Fang Daguo. Col. Fang summoned a truck load of soldiers to the police station at the airport as back up. When the air at the police station heated up, the Weibo post went viral across China, calling for official investigation.

The official investigation vindicated Col. Fang. The police announcement stated there was an altercation between the flight attendance and Col. Fang's wife. It also denied the rumor of truck load soldiers summoned by Col. Fang, disregard pictures of the vehicle with license number posted by concerned citizens online.

There are over 100 passengers, in additional to the flight crew on board, but news media can't find any Chinese witness. Days later, reporters exhausted the list, and went down to the bottom, a black international student named Princelione Doubane. Doubane is the only passenger who is willing to testify. Doubane told reporters he saw the entire incident. He saw Col Fang grabbed the flight attendant, and he saw the marks on the girls body. He also testified the flight attendant did not try to fight back or defense herself.

When Doubane's testimony was published, the government agreed to suspend Col. Fang for further investigation.

Before jumping on your moral judgement of what's in the mind of a hundred passengers on Flight CZ 3874, it helps to read on some notes posted by the reporter on this case. Several passengers were willing to give their account, but dare not reveal their names, thus their words can't be used in the newspaper. One brave sole who did not reside in Guangzhou decided to come forward anyway, but then was threatened by the government and went hiding.

Der Fatherland has been paralyzed by a deadly virus called communist regime. China, Call an Ambulance!

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