Man Unable to Afford Home Slits Wrist to Commit Suicide

Police taking a Chinese man to a hospital after he was found having slit his wrist by a river trying to commit suicide over ongoing housing worries.

A Chinese man lying on a riverbank after having attempted to commit suicide by slitting his wrist, due to continued worries over affording housing for his family.

From NetEase:

Zhengzhou Man Unable to Afford Home After 20 Years of Work Slits Wrist to Commit Suicide

2014 July 15, Zhengzhou city Jingshui district riverside, a man who had cut his wrist in an attempt to commit suicide was saved. His wife says her husband often complained of having “lots of pressure/stress, can’t continue living anymore”. As it is understood, the man is from Xinyang city Pingqiao district [in Henan], and had come to Zhengzhou when he was young to make a living, and has worked in maintenance for a restaurant’s logistics for nearly 20 years now. His wages are about 2000 yuan every month, and lives a very frugal life. He is unable to afford buying a home, the home that he rents will soon be demolished, and it is difficult to find a place that only costs 400-500 yuan a month. Li Sixin/CFP IC


Photo is of a large bloodstain in the underbrush. Police had found a dagger in his bag, preliminarily confirmed to have been used to commit suicide.


The man says: “After all these years, I still can’t afford to buy a home, unable to give a peaceful and happy home to my wife and children.” At present, the family of four rents a small room about 20 square meters large. “My older daughter is already 19 years old, and she still has to live with us [in the same room].” Photo is of the man who slit his wrist being taken to Huanghe Hospital for emergency medical attention after having his wound simply bandaged, where he was later transferred to the ICU.


Unable to afford a home, with his home soon to be demolished, “now I spend every day worrying about finding a new place to live.” Photo is of man with the cut wrist being rescued.


400-500 yuan a month rentals are already very hard to find in Zhengzhou these days. The man says he is under a lot of pressure/stress, and relies on taking sleeping pills in order to fall asleep.

Comments from NetEase:

小小纳税者 [网易北京市丰台区网友]:

Forget 2000 a month, I make 20,000 a month and when I go out and check out Beijing’s residential buildings, they are all unattainable. I often use the egg philosophy [analogy] to encourage myself. If I am broken by pressure, then I am food for others, but if I break the pressure, then it is life! [The analogy is that an egg broken from the outside becomes another person’s food, but if you break the egg from the inside, then it is your personal growth.]

V字仇杀队x [网易辽宁省大连市网友]:

Please bury me in Xinwen Lianbo. [This is a joke because the CCTV program often presents a rosier picture of life in China.]

被锁的迪亚哥 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

If you die, then your pressure is indeed gone. But have you thought about where the money for your cremation expenses, for the box for your ashes, and for your cemetery spot will come from? You’ll have transferred your pressure/stress onto your family!
Be more considerate!

网易湖北省武汉市网友 ip:59.175.*.*

What happened to our high-quality low-cost housing [as promised by the government]? Don’t die, we still have to go save the Americans in their imperialist abyss of suffering!

开门送快递 [网易甘肃省张掖市网友]:

My circumstances are similar to this brother’s. Talk about worrying to death, night after night of being unable to sleep. Who will come rescue me?!!!

网易重庆市手机网友 ip:106.84.*.*

Good man, you didn’t go randomly hack/stab other people, you didn’t go light a public bus on fire, so may you be able to buy a home next year.

花花世界的诱惑 [网易美国手机网友]:

America’s ordinary people can buy an over 300 square meter new home using less than 5 year’s worth of pay, and a 60 square meter home with one year’s worth of pay.

ssboy [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

If you’re not even afraid of dying, then what else is there to be afraid of?

fgds64gf5da6fda [网易福建省泉州市网友]:

Face reality, there are a lot of people who can’t afford to buy homes. Why don’t you ask Imperialist America to give you one?

就快天亮了 [网易上海市网友]:

You think there’s no more pressure/stress once you’re dead?


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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