Good Samaritan

Shenzhen ‘Good Samaritan’ Law Comes Into Effect

China’s first “Good Samaritan law” (好人法), passed in February, comes into effect next month. A China Daily article from earlier this month explains the city regulation, suggesting that a similar state law could...

Driver Jailed for Death of Foshan Toddler

One of two drivers who fatally struck a Guangdong toddler last year has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after a trial held in late May. From Xinhua: Hu Jun was convicted of involuntary homicide by the Nanhai...

Foreigners in China: Villains and Heroes

In the wake of controversial comments made last month by CCTV host Yang Rui about Beijing’s campaign to “clean up” foreigners entering, living or working illegally in China, and previous comments he has made...

‘Good Samaritan’ Case Gets New Ending

Adam Minter describes a dramatic twist in the tale of Peng Yu, whose prosecution for aiding an elderly woman became a potent symbol of modern China’s social decay and exerted a deep chilling effect over would-be Good...

Jumper Ignored by Drivers in Chengdu Highway Incident

A video surfaced on Chinese social media sites yesterday showing a woman leaping from a bridge and falling onto a busy highway, where surrounding cars slowed and then drove around her as they passed. Today, Shanghaiist posted...

Protect the Good Samaritan, or Punish the Bad?

As China questions the moral compass of its masses in the aftermath of the horrific hit-and-run death of 2-year old Yue Yue in Foshan, and social and official media discuss the need to create laws to prevent similar negligence...

In China, Don't Dare Help the Elderly

At Bloomberg, Adam Minter explains why many Chinese have come to believe that, in the words of one Weibo poster, “helping a fallen senior is a risky investment and its overall rate of return is usually...

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