Han Han: A Government That Cannot Protect Its Children…

Han Han dark and serious.

Han Han is a famous post-80s generation race-car driver, best-selling author, and Chinese blogger who was also recently named in Time magazine’s Top 100 list.  — Fauna

From Han Han’s blog:

Kids, you’re spoiling the old men’s fun

Another stabbing incident in a Taixing kindergarten left thirty-two people injured and the number of dead still unclear [as of when Han Han wrote the post, there appear to be no deaths]. This incident came so close to the Nanping kindergarten stabbing attack that I first thought they were the same kindergarten.

Among recent incidents of murderous insanity, nearly all the perpetrators have chosen to attack kindergartens or primary schools. It seems that in the hearts of many who want to exact revenge on society, going to kindergartens and primary schools and killing people has become a kind of fashion because in the process of the murder one encounters the least resistance so you can kill more people. Creating great panic among the people is the best means of taking revenge on society. Aside from Yang Jia, nearly all killers choose to begin by killing the weak. If they feel there’s no way out in society, then killing those even weaker than themselves becomes their only way out. I recommend that all the police guarding the doors of local officials nationwide be transferred to guard kindergartens. A government that can’t even protect children doesn’t need so many people protecting it.

Chinese kindergarteners napping.

One of the great causes of these murders is social injustice and unfairness. Yes, “fairness and justice must be more brilliant than the sun” [This is something Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said earlier this year]. But the sun doesn’t come out every day. Doesn’t it seem as though there are a bit too many overcast days and nights? So saying that fairness and justice must be more brilliant than the sun isn’t impressive, only when the sun is hanging over our heads every minute of every day will it be impressive.

After the Taizhou kindergarten murder incident, the media was controlled. These children were born at the wrong time [i.e., unlucky] and they died at an even worse time. In this jubilant atmosphere [of the opening of the Shanghai Expo], this incident is just noise to the relevant government departments. All we know is that according to the government, 32 people were injured and no one died, but on the streets there are rumors that many children were killed. So who should I believe? If the government is telling the truth, then why are they not letting parents see their children? They’ve also blocked off the hospital and shut off the news, and there are no photographs or video of children. Moreover, a murderer chops up thirty two people with a knife and no one dies? Was he really committing murder or performing surgery? [On the other hand,] if I want to believe what people are saying, I must remember that the word on the street is usually exaggerated, and with no evidence at all, there’s really no way to trust it. So I searched [the web] for Taizhou and unexpectedly came across this article from April 30 [i.e., after the killings]: “The Three Happinesses Come to Taizhou”.

I was very astonished. The Taizhou government has successfully sealed information, closed the hospital, controlled the media, forbidden visitors, and diverted public attention, but now they have successfully taken the people’s anger at the killer and directed it at themselves, and for what? It’s not that they have some other motive. Aside from wanting to cooperate with singing the Shanghai Expo’s “harmonious song”, this is just inertia; it’s the government dealing with a situation according to their habits. It’s their usual process: eat, drink and be merry all night until something happens, then hide, isolate, remove the media, make prohibitions, send press releases, make compensations, cremate the bodies — then go back to eating and drinking. Their way of dealing with things isn’t much more noble than a murderer’s. No wonder I saw online a kindergarten hanging a banner: “Injustice has a cause, debt has an owner, out the door and to the left is the government building.”

Five school killings in a month, and two within just a week (4/29 Taizhou, 4/30 Weifang). I don’t want to delve into the social reasons for the killing, I just want to tell everyone here that a man rushing into a kindergarten and stabbing children can’t even make the news. To the thirty-two kids whose ages would only reach a hundred if you added them all up, you’ve been stabbed, but you can’t even get into a newspaper, because a few hundred kilometers away there is a grand meeting with millions of fireworks. At the same time, your hometown of Taizhou is enjoying the “three happinesses”: national tourism days, economic talks, and a ceremony to celebrate overseas Chinese starting businesses.

Perhaps in the eyes of those old men, you children are just spoiling their fun.

Wretched children, it is you who are poisoned by milk powder, harmed by vaccines, crushed by earthquakes, and burnt in fires. Even if there’s a problem with rules in the adult world, you are the ones adults stab in retaliation. I truly hope it is as the Taizhou government says, and you’re all just injured and no one has died. We elders have failed in our duties. I hope that when you grow up, you will not only protect your own children but build a society that protects everyone’s children.

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  • Mik G

    China isn’t the only country where people attack schools. But is it the only country where the news is suppressed?

    • dubusadus

      That is the dumbest question I’ve heard in a few weeks, ha ha, oh my.

  • Jay K.

    pretty moving stuff han han wrote in my opinion.

  • Wago

    Love Han Han’s commentary, but one must wonder when it will become his turn to get censored….

    • Natty

      He has the o.g. article has already been “encrypted”.

  • Yin

    Not much to add. Most of this is common sense. I do think Han Han is getting a little too uppity towards the government though, in the sense that he might “disappear” soon, but other than that, yes – a government that fails to protect its children does not deserve to be protected. Well said. But then Chinese governments have failed to protect China’s children for thousands of years. So it’s not exactly anything new.

    My own perspective on this is that Chinese people are too eager to blame others (those with power, those with wealth, etc.) and too reluctant to look at themselves. After all, the government of China is made up of Chinese people, last I checked. The reason China does not have democracy is because it has no civil society. Instead it has various degrees of separation – by class, by region, by clan. So those who come to power, never feel that they owe the people anything. Maybe if Chinese people were more altruistic, and had a stronger sense of social responsibility, they would not have the government they currently possess. As Thomas Jefferson famously said, “people get the government they deserve.”

    Benjamin Franklin was more plunt, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

    Perhaps it is the Chinese people who need to change, before their government can. Just a thought.

    • http://chinadivide.com Kai

      You’re going to get a lot of racists enthusiastically nodding their heads but I can’t help but feel it is a chicken-and-the-egg problem, and a nature and nurture problem. Agreed, there are many aspects of Chinese “civil” society that we find lacking compared to other “civil societies”. The government is responsible in part because it is part of the “nurture” equation, and yet its “nature” is that of being comprised of the same people from the same society it’s expected to “nurture”.

      This is where enlightened monarchs come in. Ultimately, someone has to come up with a good idea on their own and then successfully propagate it throughout society with whatever influence he/she has, until that good idea is adopted by society and then socialized into new members of that society.

      Definitely agree that people need to take a hard look in the mirror about their own contributions to whatever is wrong with society overall. Just pretty sure your wording is going to be co-opted for arguments I don’t recall you having a history of supporting or advocating.

      • Yin

        If your point is that I don’t have a history of supporting or advocating ignorance and bigotry, then I thankfully accept the compliment. If, however, your point is that I don’t believe that the nurture-nature debate can ever lean towards nature, then I must deny the association. But the caveat I always throw out in debates about race, genetics, and social psychology is that all of these things are ultimately malleable. Too often the nurture-nature debate resolves into a battle between what’s changeable and what’s not, rather than what’s nature and what’s nurture. This is because people seem to assume that nature cannot be changed, whereas nurture is easily so.

        They’ve got it all wrong. Change is the very basis of nature. There is no conflict between nature and nurture. Rather, the two are mutually reinforcing. Modify one, and you modify the entire system, the repercussions of which will, to use a famous phrase, “echo in eternity.” Insofar as we are capable of free will, and I see no reason why we should be having this debate in the first place, if we each believed that we did not, everyone – and therefore every society – is capable of change.

        From this perspective, I pose only the question of why it is that Chinese society has historically, culturally, and socially failed to develop a civil society comparable to those in the West. Of course, China is not alone in this deficiency. There are probably more people in the world living under governments like China’s than otherwise. But since China is the topic here, China should be the focus. To this end, I should point out that when I say “China’s government has failed to protect its children for thousands of years,” I am not simply exaggerating. Confucius – or at least the school of thought that was attributed to him – noted the same thing in 500 BC. The same corruption, lawlessness, and moral decadence among Chinese that prompted Confucius to place his hopes in the virtues of the sovereign and the court of “gentlemen,” now drives social commentators like Han Han to place his hopes in Western democracy and freedom. But can either rescue the Chinese soul? Historical circumstances certainly matter in the determining of a nation’s social character, but the path to perdition is rarely as simple as a change in dynasty.

        • http://chinadivide.com Kai

          Yin,

          Yes, my comment you’re reacting to is that I’ve never seen you supporting or advocating ignorance and bigotry. I just don’t want your comments to be used for those that might mistaken them as such.

          I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “resolves into a battle between what’s changeable and what’s not, rather than what’s nature and what’s nurture.” Could you clarify or rephrase the point you’re making?

          I personally am not so sure nature can change short of invoking long-term species evolution. I think nature can be “managed”. Is this the “what’s nature and what’s nurture” problem you mentioned?

          I personally also think the whole question of how easily nature or nature can be changed falls into the chicken-and-the-egg problem. For example, how we “nurture” (treat) others is often a product of how we were nurtured.

          They’ve got it all wrong. Change is the very basis of nature. There is no conflict between nature and nurture. Rather, the two are mutually reinforcing. Modify one, and you modify the entire system, the repercussions of which will, to use a famous phrase, “echo in eternity.” Insofar as we are capable of free will, and I see no reason why we should be having this debate in the first place, if we each believed that we did not, everyone – and therefore every society – is capable of change.

          I really like this paragraph. But it does hang upon free will, doesn’t it? There are scores of psychologies and sociologists (not to mention philosophers) who aren’t so sure about how much free will we actually have. However, I’m just throwing that out there. I personally do believe that we do have the capability to change. It’s just that, practically speaking, its easier said than done for most of us. I like the change is the basis of nature line though. A lot.

          I’m not so sure I’d say Chinese society has “historically, culturally, and socially failed.” I think there’s a bit of emotion in that, the same kind of emotion that people have when news of terrible things happens to children anywhere, like Columbine. I’m not ready to make such definitive judgments about Chinese society on the basis of these school attacks or on the basis of terrible events that happen elsewhere. It is just too easy to find terrible phenomenon happening in any country. I’m not saying this isn’t a problem, I’m saying I don’t agree with the jump.

          I’m also worried about the comparison to the West. This is comparison on a level that I think is unwarranted and not really defensible. Would we question why it is that Western society has historically, culturally, and socially failed to maintain a civil society comparable to China that looks after its elderly as opposed to discarding them in retirement homes? Are school killings a proxy for the “civilness” of China’s “civil society?” Do you see the jump I’m taking issue with?

          It’s actually two-fold. First, I’m not sure we can judge “civil society” overall here. Second, I’m not sure we can make meaningful comparisons with the West. Each society has its social ills or phenomenon that can be exploited if we want to use them as proxies, indicators, examples of how “developed” their “civil” society is. It just isn’t useful.

          The same corruption, lawlessness, and moral decadence among Chinese that prompted Confucius to place his hopes in the virtues of the sovereign and the court of “gentlemen,” now drives social commentators like Han Han to place his hopes in Western democracy and freedom.

          Not sure that’s how I’d characterize Han Han.

          But can either rescue the Chinese soul?

          This isn’t scientific. You should probably clarify. What is the Chinese soul? What is the Western soul?

          Historical circumstances certainly matter in the determining of a nation’s social character, but the path to perdition is rarely as simple as a change in dynasty.

          I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying with this sentence. Please clarify. Cheers.

          • Cocinillas

            Guys, great dialogue

            Thanks

          • Bai Ren

            Have to pop into a civil society in china debate.

            civil society as theorized in the west has been developed with Habermases concept of the bourgious public sphere. This concept in turn has been Critiqued by Nancy spence and Zhao Yuezhi as beeing too static, historically and culturally isolated and therefor not flexible to be used as a tool of analysis for modern studies of social trajectories.

            If nothing else, Netizens act as China’s most open and vocal public. This public, as poiunted our by Rebecca Mackinnon, currently owes too much to the current regime to begin thinking above rebeling against its power for a further expansion of their freedoms.

            It might be said that the Chinese public (as a whole and not just netizens) speak out and act in reaction to natural disasters (re: donations to the Sichuan and more recent earthquakes) and accept social problems as fate (re: laid off workers from the privitization of state owned enterprises).

            I wrote before on chinadivide that I support the government’s decision that this stuff shouldnt be front page news. But I also worried about indepth and public investigation being prevented, which HAN HAN has reported is happening. THIS PREVENTS the maturing of public discussion on the issue, and helps to distract a scared public with comforting security policies.

            The Chinese public,. like any other is succeptible to propaganda -more so because of wide accpetance for authoritarianism, and the prevention of journalistic investigation on this issue stimies the growth of an informed civil society. It does not show the lack of a civil society though

          • http://chinadivide.com Kai

            King Tubby,

            If you found it offensive, then maybe you can understand why people might find the Yin’s statement about China having “his­tor­i­cally, cul­tur­ally, and socially failed to develop a civil society comparable to those in the West” to be likewise offensive. Which was my point. That’s a pretty strong statement damning China “historically, culturally, and socially” when Yin, I, and you know very well that its an unfair comparison, that history has played out very differently for both, and that we’re using a subjective as yet undefined and not mutually agreed upon definition of “civil society”.

            More importantly, while I definitely understand the frustration, I just don’t see the need to make such a strong statement. Yin’s frustrated and Yin’s questioning the Chinese “soul”. Really? How are we going to play that one out?

            Few people, least of all myself, disagree that mainland Chinese society compares poorly against many Western societies when it comes to many benchmarks of “civil society”. While I do think it compares favorably in some benchmarks, I too think overall it comes up deficient, even though I know there are a good many valid historical and socio-economic reasons for it and as I know that Chinese “civil society” will likely improve to our approval as socio-economic development progresses. I just don’t agree with making such sweeping statements about historical, cultural, or social failure or questioning a race’s, ethnicity’s, a people’s “souls”.

          • Bai Ren

            Jumping into the treatment of elders issue
            Human rights law, an outgrowth of so called international law, but domestically protected, is used as a foundation for establishing civil society (freespeach access to info, association, etc (yes im a western and I dont know the scoial and econ rights so well)). BUT bases its existence on protecting human dignity.

            If treatment of elder generation people was a human rights issue the west -which is the man debate winner in human rights issues- would be resoundingly attacked. However this issue most likely will never be treated as a human rights (aka a human dignity instutionally protected through policy and law) as those cultures which comparitively excell at it are (exuse or attack my wide generalizations but know I am aware of it) collectivist. Elder care is treated in fmaily, or socially within a community and not through government nor institutions, which could remove the intimacy (or shall we say dehumanize) the practice.

    • http://yahoo.com Dharm

      I am agree with your point which is true that… first people who have to change so that they change their government who really work for the nation and the society….

      Corruption is everywhere…and the big reason of corruption is that maximum peoples look on their own personal interest…they don’t think of the nation… and here goes all wrong for the whole society….

      • http://www.counterfeitchic.com/Images/Mao_Jordan_cropped.jpg Alikese

        Who cares what Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson say about Democracy, noted political scientist JACKIE CHAN doesn’t think Chinese people can handle democracy:

        http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30292772/

  • shengguo

    “爷爷们”doesn’t necessary mean “grandpa”, it could mean people in power, rich people, people have high status.

    Thanks for translating this piece. Please keep the good work.

  • 练练英语

    Oh,again another bloody lesson propagandise my country fellows how appallingly infantile the comrades are.

  • Brad

    What’s Han’s background?

    He knows how to write sob stories that gain him enough attention to get in the Time magazine’s Top 100 list.

    How many babies do you think would die of malnutrion if China did not bring foreign investment to China.

    The government only masks the bad things that happen so China is more palatable for foreign visitors and investors.

    China would be in a state of constant mourning if you showed everyone that died unnaturally!

    • Stu

      Uh, Brad… these stories appear in foreign newspapers. It’s the Chinese newspapers that are controlled.

      Also, ‘sob stories’? (a) you don’t seem to know what that means, (b) try getting some sensitivity.

  • FYIADragoon

    Pretty sure Han Han won’t be disappearing anytime soon. He’s the governments evidence of how they “give play to differing opinions.” If they don’t have him and people like him (he’s not the only articulate person with a mind of his own), then they don’t have anything to show the West every time they’re asked about human rights abuses. He’s a necessary evil as far the CCP is concerned.

  • BKK

    Face it people. Many Chinese are little more than savages and the strongest savages try to keep them controlled.
    “Civil society?” Don’t make me laugh. It’s an alien concept to most of the Chinese people.
    Wise up guys !

    • Lily

      Describing other human beings as “savages” makes you no better than one. Nice try, Hitler.

      • BKK

        So you think the men that have attacked and killed these children are civilised? How very strange!

        • Unknown

          I find generalizing all Chinese people as “savages” just because of a certain group of Chinese (the murderers) is strange.

          By your definition, all human beings are “savage.” One group of Chinese kill some children, so all Chinese are automatically uncivilized. One group of Americans kill some children, so all Americans are automatically uncivilized.

          But how many murders occur everyday in every country? Too many to count. So, does that mean we are all savages? In that case, there is no such thing as civilization.

    • Hongjian

      Fuck Year.

      Finally someone realized it.

      Han Han and all those sob-gangs of ‘Gutmenschen’, as we say here, are just delusional idiots.

      China is a battlefield crowed with savage wolves killing each other everyday – until someone bigger and more savage unite them all under his oppression.

      Stupid people should stop promoting ‘civil society’ and ‘democracy’ in a pit full of wolves.

  • http://www.地球.中国 kedafu

    havent read the article!

    will do that shortly…. including the original chinese article by Hao Han

    Question, what the hell happened the last few days…

    I’ll I saw was

    666 (the number of the beast)
    and Great Firewall of China,

    will return to this dimension shortly…

  • dubusadus

    Sounds like just about everyone in my extended family. That said, do you happen to have any comments from the Chinese netizens? Those always get my goat.

  • http://www.地球.中国 kedafu

    read the article and comments

    security was ”牛B“ -ed up at all the schools this week, and even today!

    believe mao the word got out this week, where I work,

    the ministry of “education” …. Ministry of “Love”

    the gates are locked!

    红心说: did I ever tell you kids about May 4th 1919?

    五毛党万岁!

    • http://www.地球.中国 kedafu

      song of the week,

      学习 by 山人

      saw them at Midi

    • Bando

      I like your subtle reference to 1984.

      But child murderers deserves the death penalty and governments are not infalliable because they are runned by people.

  • http://confusiussays.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/how-to-beat-facebook-when-youre-not-a-south-park-character/ ConfuSius

    it’s just like when child beggars surround you in the streets of china. giving them something or not doesn’t really change their situation. somewhere within the working system of corruption someone profits…but you can’t help those who need help the most.
    excellent piece of writing from han han!

  • keius

    Wow….just wow…he actually wrote something worth reading.
    His cohones just grew a little bigger.

  • keius

    Don’t you love it when every time he writes something, we’re always discussing “him” more often that the topics he’s writing about? LOL
    Guy knows how to promote himself, gotta give him that :P

  • Anon

    Han Han hits the nail on the head. Sorry for the pun.

  • Jing

    Han Han is an idiot, and so is everyone else searching for rationalizations as to “why” these attacks happened. The “why” is patently obvious, the people who committed these acts were very selfish and f*cked up individuals who in a fit of pique decided that because they felt their life sucked, they had to terminally f*ck up someone else’s to balance the equation. In other words, they were sociopaths. Blaming society, blaming the government, blaming the “man”, are all simple rationalizations for people who do not believe in the concept of individual responsibility.

    Sh*t happens, and when it rains, it pours. That everyone is so quick to blame everyone but the perpetrator is because most people are weak lemmings who would rather not accept the cold hard reality. That life isn’t very fair and random tragedy can strike without warning. People would rather blame anyone and everyone else for a perceived failure than to admit to themselves that the world is unpredictable and beyond their control. That despite all precautions, you cant inoculate oneself from disastrous circumstance.

    • keius

      Like your post…no sense of f’ing personal responsibility…and yeah, there’s a lot of weak minded fools running around.

      But thats why we have religions like falun Gong….So they can victimize them and give them a false sense of worth…
      (at least someones benefiting from them…)

  • Cool Matt

    Said it once and i’ll say it again. China cares about the lives of its people, but not nearly as much as it cares about saving face.

  • http://thecapitalinthenorth.blogspot.com I live in China

    to all you foreign china-haters, get this:
    http://thecapitalinthenorth.blogspot.com/2010/03/why-do-some-foreigner-in-china-carry.html
    Why do some foreigners in China carry a chip on their shoulder?

    • BKK

      Because they see the reality of life there. It isn’t a chip its the truth. Why are people labelled “China haters” if they dare to criticise the country?
      Why are so many Chinese people and their sycophants so totally opposed to anyone that dares to make negative comments about China that they resort to name calling?
      Reality sucks eh?

    • BKK

      The article is crap written by a person who, as they say, is wearing rose coloured glasses.
      You don’t change a country by accepting things that are plainly wrong. Lack of complaints and action lead to the cesspool that China is today.
      Why does complaining about China make me or anyone else a “China hater?” Everyone complains about certain aspects of many countries, does that make them all “haters?”.
      If Chinese people complain about other countries are they “haters?”
      If they are, why do you surround yourself with these “haters”?

      • http://yahoo.com Dharm

        hii bkk… i am agree with your comment here… no matter which country we are from… these kind of problems are everywhere … and we all have to raise our voice for wrong doings…. And its true saying something about wrong things happening in china doesn’t mean we are china-haters….

        I like so many things about china…

    • http://yahoo.com Dharm

      Well i am not agree with your this comment here… If anyone writing something about a common problem that doesn;t mean they are china-haters…. we are in favor of true peoples whether they are chinese or indian or american or any country… wrong things are wrong and we all have to raise our voice against it…. so don’t think like this….

      When foreigners says good about your country and you like it then you must also ready to listen if they comment on wrong things happening in your country….

      Dharm from India

    • keius

      Honestly though…foreigners aren’t given much credence anyway…not a big deal. They’re just haters in the opinion of most Chinese.

      The question is why so many Chinese carry a chip on their shoulder? It’s the chinese people raising their voices that gives any hope of real change….

      foreigners living in China who complain just open themselves up to derision and ridicule….because they are foreign and “can’t possibly understand us Chinese”…blah blah..etc..u know the drill.

  • aquadraht

    I think that quite much of these article and the comments following are showing a remarkable level of ignorance, and probably hypocrisy. Mind that between 2002 and 2009, there were 4 murderous attacks on schools in Germany alone, and at least one failing attempt, in a country of 1/17 of the population of China. The US, with something like 50 shooting events in educational institutions since 1966, are taking the lead, anyway. Is Mr. Han Han telling those countries are worse in terms of their treatment of the citizens than China?

    As to the non-coverage of the events in the press, I tend to doubt. Maybe it was indeed in order not to spoil the Expo. Maybe it was an attempt to curb copycat attacks. The question arises whether or not overly coverage is likely to motivate copycats. After the attack in Winnenden in Germany there was a lengthy discussion whether news and media coverage of such attempts should not be restricted. Probably the motive not to spoil the expo opening played a role. Yet coverage of such attacks is a sensitive issue, everywhere.

    Given the existance of violent, mostly suicidal attacks on innocents, no matter whether in schools, universities, malls, or just on the roads, every country may reflect possible causes and countermeasures. Anyway, such tragedies are not the right thing for propaganda.

    • Samort7

      Did anyone click the link to his actual blog? Looks like the article has already been taken down…

  • jacare

    who can name a country (or even a town) in the world that can prevent this from happening

    people should just stop whining/complaining on the blogs like you can solve the problem and that government this, government that, gosh, if you want a ‘free’ world, try having less government playing chess with you… some people are soo “democratic” that they want the government to do so much, that they’re really socialists afterall….

    stop whinning and find a solution! bunch of crybabies, wanna play, play like an adult

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  • Hongjian

    Han Han is shit.

    Captain Obvious striking again. Seriously, what he writes, just sounds like a juvenile rambling of some 16 years old high-school kid wearing a Ché-Shirt, who claims to have gained the ultimate insight of why the world is sooo unjust and shitty.

    Reading Han Han’s stuff just reminds me how isolated and ignorant China’s web-society is.

    ‘NEWSFLASH! Anti river-crab exclusive disclosure: Water is wet!
    Blame the Gu b b erm ent! Will I be harmonized yet?’

    I wouldnt be surprised if some day Han Han or some other ‘blogger’ comes with this kind of ‘HOT TOPIC’.
    Seriously. Their ignorance is nearly America-tier.

    Best Medicine against dramatizing ignorance: Faggots should just move out of China and see the world for once.

    • elenore

      What does America-tier mean?

  • LoobyLooby

    i’ve only just started reading your blog…am getting the impression that China is money hungry, children are abused, women are whores and the men go to prostitutes. I mean surely you are just blogging the extreme cases right? Or is this the new China?

  • Amy Thomson

    Forgive a waiguoren for speculating, but could this lashing out at children be caused by the one child policy? Are these frustrated older men lashing out at children because they have no families of their own, and hence, no future?

  • anon

    Han Han is original because he has the same viewpoint that I have even he is not a Westerner and was not educated in the West. Sometimes I wonder if the ludicrous viewpoints expressed by many Chinese people are the result of being lied to and manipulated by the government their whole life, or if it’s just a cultural difference and that I would feel the same way if I had grown up in China.

    But then I read Han Han and know that he’s popular in China and the world makes sense again.

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  • http://www.merlin-me.com hiro bachani

    Han Han – you must agree that china takes care of its citizens more than most other countries- in fact india has to learn from china a great deal- we respect china a lot- in fact we wonder if china and india cannot form a confederation- an economic bloc- we need to come together and become ONE solid entity— there will be no longer any problems in tibet, kashmir, NEFA etc if india and china decide to form a UNITED states of china and india- is it posssible????

  • SUHAS

    EAsy to read and understand the blogs but feels hard for those children. Sounds good when someone interferes against the ruthlessness of anti social elements…

  • vinay

    dont under estimatethe whole India with the holy ganges situations
    every where there are customs traditions culture
    they may vary but cannot be unchanged
    its only a small part of India
    India is a land of unity
    u may hear about a place where people would pickling the fingers in the leg and using as a side dish
    our tradition is that after death the holy ashes of the body is to put in the holy river so that god may forgive all our misdeeds and led us a life to heaven
    so plz dont blame the whole India & Indians
    by
    an Indian who is proud to be an Indian

  • ASH

    I WONDER HOW THESE COMRADES BE LIKE THIS?

  • kalidas

    OK . why u don’t comment for Guantanamo prison issue in America and in Afghanistan’s illegal American war against people and also Iraq, srilanka’s army against Tamil peoples genocide
    I think u r a American’s spy .china will grow and win with communist theory )

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  • aumRanjith

    Humiliation is done by a minority…but majority carry so much wait that its not easy to move them togather….but keep the efforts…
    comrade as a gr8 revolutionist Che says
    I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting………………….

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  • http://www.allvoices.com/users/brigidprimrose Brigid Primrose

    Interesting article, thank you for sharing. Would love to see your work on allvoices.
    There details are:
    http://www.allvoices.co,/journalism
    have a look and let me know if you join so I can follow you there.
    best of luck

    Brigid

  • http://Moneybible.org Jim Munchbach

    Do we have an RSS feed to Han Han blogs with excellent English translation (like this article? More articles like this one?) and -if so -can I plug that feed into one of my blogs?

    Thanks
    Jim

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawnmarie.maier Dawn-Marie Toler Maier

    I am shocked…. I had no idea…I just began researching things in light of this latest massacre at sandy hook elementary and came across this article. I’ve posted it to my wall, I’ve sent it to Fox News, I am shouting it from the rooftops!!! This is further reinforcement of the fact that a person intent on harming innocents will do so with whatever weapon he can find, but if we as citizens are stripped of ours rights to protect ourselves and more importantly the most vulnerable in our care, than we are naught but lambs to the slaughter. I for one will not stand by anymore and count on news reporters, politicians, or said “experts” to decide what is best for me and my well being anymore!

  • http://www.地球.cn.com Kedafu

    Come on 快快!

    to the number 4 hospital, location China, planet Earth!

    do you really know who the lizard king is?

    你是不是 rider on the storm! RED storm!

    五毛党万岁

  • huh

    I agree. I hate the han han articles. Absolutely pointless. I don’t need to read another’s thoughts. Give me the story and I’ll come to my own conclusions.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_of_nanjing That Chinese Kid

    That will change when I attack a kindergarten.

    *News Update*
    Chinese American attacks Kindergarten, with awesomeness.

  • JoE

    I shall then become a copy-cat, however I shall give them gingivitis and diabetes!

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