China: Reactions to the Virginia Tech slayings – John Kennedy

From Global Voices Online:

In response to the slayings at Virginia Tech this week, upon seeing the shooter’s ethnicity prematurely declared to be that of Chinese, many de facto Chinese were in disbelief, some ran with the false news to further their political agendas, but most were sympathetic to the victims, their classmates, friends and families. Then there were the views like those expressed in journalist and Bullog blogger Ten Years of Chopping Timber’s post today, in response to two commonly-seen tragedies in China, ‘Waiting for Bush to Reciprocate’

Upon news of the massacre of 33 students (including the killer) at America’s Virginia Tech, our national leaders immediately sent their condolences, truly a magnificient power, a country of etiquette. Almost at the same time as this massacre was taking place, two tragedies struck this great land China: a mine disaster in Baofeng County in Henan province in which 33 people were unknown to be dead or alive; and a ladle for pouring molten steel at the Qinghe Special Steel Corporation in Tieling city, Liaoning province derailed, leading to 32 deaths. The numbers of victims are so close, and the time was nearly simultaneous, so assuming a principle of reciprocated etiquette, Bush ought to send our government his consolation. [Full Text]

– Chinese original post here
– Photo: President George W. Bush shakes the hand of the Virginia Tech Student Government Association’s President James Tyger (from Wikipedia)

April 20, 2007, 12:26 PM
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