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==wǒ lái wǎn le | [[我来晚了]]==
  
[[File:late02.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Wen Jiabao consoling the child of a victim of the Tongchuan mine blast, November 2004. (Lan Hongguang/Xinhua)'']]A catchphrase of former Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. He first apologized for the time of his arrival to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2005/12/china-arrests-mine-bosses-for-blast-that-killed-166/ Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province after a gas explosion] in a coal mine there on November 28, 2004 killed 166 people. From then on, netizens noted Wen’s every apology for being late at the scenes of natural and man-made disasters: a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2008/01/chinese-pm-apologizes-for-snow-chaos/ southern snow storm] in January 2008, the devastating [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2008/05/chinas-grandpa-wen-spins-a-disaster-into-a-pr-coup/ Sichuan earthquake of May 8, 2008], and the site of the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/02/a-guide-for-big-bosses-on-how-to-look-bad-ass/#note7 Wenzhou train crash] stand out in the public memory. Instead of praise for “Grandpa Wen,” netizens often think Wen is feeding the people and the media a clever line. They believe he lacks real concern for the plight of the Chinese people.  
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[[File:late02.jpg|350px|thumb|right|''Wen Jiabao consoling the child of a victim of the Tongchuan mine blast (Lan Hongguang / Xinhua)'']]Catchphrase of former Premier Wen Jiabao, first uttered on a trip to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2005/12/china-arrests-mine-bosses-for-blast-that-killed-166/ Tongchuan, Shaanxi in 2004, where a gas explosion in a coal mine killed 166 people]. From then on, netizens took note of Wen's every apology for being late at the scenes of natural and man-made disasters: a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2008/01/chinese-pm-apologizes-for-snow-chaos/ southern snow storm] in January 2008, the devastating [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/2008-sichuan-earthquake/ Sichuan earthquake of May 8, 2008], and the site of the [[Wenzhou train crash]] stand out in the public memory. Netizens often felt that "Grandpa Wen" was feeding the people and the media a clever line, and that he lacked real concern for the plight of the Chinese people.  
  
See also [[movie star]].
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"I'm late" also recalls former Premier Zhao Ziyang's final appearance in public], when he spoke to student protesters in Tiananmen Square on May 19, 1989. "[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/05/zhao-ziyang-speaks-to-students-on-tiananmen-square-we-came-too-late/ Students, we have come too late]" he began, in a speech encouraging students to end their hunger strike. In an iconic [https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/world/asia/15zhao.html photo] of the event, Wen Jiabao stands behind Zhao Ziyang.
  
[[File:late01.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''“Grandpa Wen” famously spoke to Sichuan earthquake victims on the ground. Some saw his hands-on approach as a brilliant publicity stunt. (artist unknown)'']]
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Latest revision as of 18:22, 19 April 2021

wǒ lái wǎn le | 我来晚了

Wen Jiabao consoling the child of a victim of the Tongchuan mine blast (Lan Hongguang / Xinhua)

Catchphrase of former Premier Wen Jiabao, first uttered on a trip to Tongchuan, Shaanxi in 2004, where a gas explosion in a coal mine killed 166 people. From then on, netizens took note of Wen's every apology for being late at the scenes of natural and man-made disasters: a southern snow storm in January 2008, the devastating Sichuan earthquake of May 8, 2008, and the site of the Wenzhou train crash stand out in the public memory. Netizens often felt that "Grandpa Wen" was feeding the people and the media a clever line, and that he lacked real concern for the plight of the Chinese people.

"I'm late" also recalls former Premier Zhao Ziyang's final appearance in public], when he spoke to student protesters in Tiananmen Square on May 19, 1989. "Students, we have come too late" he began, in a speech encouraging students to end their hunger strike. In an iconic photo of the event, Wen Jiabao stands behind Zhao Ziyang.

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