Anger Is Growing in China

From Los Angeles Times :

A week of embarrassing global protests along the international Olympic torch relay has fanned Chinese nationalism at home and turned a 27-year-old disabled woman into a national hero.

Jin Jing is a one-legged Chinese torchbearer who was attacked by protesters on the streets of Paris . Images of her in her wheelchair protecting the flame with her tiny body catapulted her to overnight fame in China as a symbol of the nation’s effort to defend its place in the world.

Businesses are throwing job offers at the unemployed former member of the Shanghai wheelchair fencing team. Jin, who lost her leg as a child to cancer, seemed overwhelmed by the attention. “I don’t think I did anything great,” she told state media. “Any Chinese or Olympics-loving torchbearer would protect the torch under such circumstances.”


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