Passersby Ignore Chinese Old Man Beaten to Death in New York

Old Chinese Man Ruan Wenhui beaten to death by Jamie Pugh in East Village Manhattan New York City.

Old Chinese Man Ruan Wenhui beaten to death by Jamie Pugh in East Village Manhattan New York City.

From NetEase:

Elderly Chinese Man Randomly Beaten to Death on New York Street, Multiple Passersby Turn a Blind Eye

According to May 14 reports by media including The Daily Mail and The New York Times, as 68-year-old elderly ethnic Chinese man Ruan Wenhui was walking home alone on the night of May 9th local time, a thug suddenly began beating him without cause, and in the end swaggered away from the scene. What was infuriating was that there were multiple passersby at the time but not a single one reached out to help or call the police, resulting in Ruan Wenhui dying from his injuries on the 10th. After this shocking incident of violence was made public, it incited a storm among the people of New York and especially its ethnic Chinese community.

Attacked on his way home

According to reports, 68-year-old Chinese man Ruan Wenhui lived in New York City’s Manhattan East Village and was an immigrant from China’s Guangdong province, who worked 15 years at a New York garment factory and had just retired four years ago. It is reported that Ruan Wenhui doesn’t know how to speak English and has three daughters. At around 8:43pm on May 9th local time, Ruan Wenhui had as usual taken his grandson back to his daughter’s home, then began walking home alone. What was unexpected was that just as Ruan Wenhui was near his home on Sixth Street near Avenue D in the East Village, he was suddenly and without reason attacked by an African-American thug.

Surveillance footage show that this thug first approached Ruan Wenhui from behind, then began shouting at him. Despite Ruan Wenhui trying to get away from the thug, the latter punched Ruan Huiwen in the stomach, then grabbed the elderly man, and threw him against the wall and pushing him onto the ground. Shockingly, the thug then inhumanly punched and kicked Ruan Wenhui, punching his head, then stomping three times with his foot, without a shred of mercy. In the end, Ruan Wenhui, without an ability to fight back, fell into a pool of his own blood, while the thug did not rob anything from Ruan Wenhui’s body and simply strutted and swaggered away from the scene.

Indifferent passersby turned a blind eye

What was disappointing is that when Ruan Wenhui was being attacked, it wasn’t just them two at the scene — There were multiple pedestrians whopassed by at the time of the incident, yet none of them stepped forward to stop this violent crime, nor did anyone lend a hand to help the elderly man or call the police.

Surveillance footage shows that several people one after another hurriedly walked past Ruan Wenhui’s body but none of them gave assistance. It wasn’t until 6 minutes later that one person finally bent over to check on him. While being interviewed by The New York Times, Ruan Wenhui’s second daughter, 39-year-old Ruan Zhenni (Jenny Ruan) angrily expressed in Chinese: “At the time, so many people passed by, but none of them helped despite seeing someone in need, nor did anyone call the police. Why didn’t they help when it was convenient for them to do so?”

When nearby patrolling police arrived on the scene, they quickly called an ambulance to take Ruan Wenhui, whose face was covered in blood and his breathing feeble, to the hospital for emergency medical attention. However, regrettably, because of excessive injury to Ruan Wenhui’s head, he ultimately died on the 10th despite medical efforts.

During an interview on the 12th, the youngest daughter of the elderly Ruan Wenhui’s three daughters expressed that the family has been in shock and grief since the tragedy occurred, saying: “I can’t believe this is real. Much less that this kind of thing would happen to my father. My dad was a good person. He was always helping others, a smile always on his face. Everyone thought he was the world’s kindest person.”


Comments from NetEase:

网易山东省青岛市手机网友 ip:182.40.*.*:

Ximen Qing pushed Pan Jinlian against the wall. Wu Dalang saw, and sternly declared: Pan Jinlian is mine, sacred and inviolable. Ximen Qing ripped off Pan Jinlian’s clothes. Wu Dalang sat by the bedside, and strongly criticized: I demand that Ximen Qing face the facts and immediately stop all infringing behavior. Ximen Qing used various [sexual] positions. Wu Dalang once again expressed resolution: To defend Pan Jinliang, I will do whatever it takes… Then Ximen Qing ejaculated…

The reporter asks Wu Dalang: Your wife is being forcibly dominated by Ximen Qing, what do you have to say? Dalang says with a serene look: “Ever since the incident with my wife occurred, I have been closely monitoring the developments. As everyone knows, Jinlian has been my wife since ancient times and I have indisputable sovereignty when it comes to Jinlian. I hope that Mr. Ximen Qing will see clearly the circumstances and, in accordance with generations of friendly bilateral relations, will release my wife as soon as possible and without condition. I advocate setting aside the dispute and us jointly [sharing Pan Jinlian].”

Pan Jinlian was once again taken. Instead of going to rescue her, Wu Dalang instead smashes things at home. A neighbor could not understand: “Wu Dalang, Pan Jinlian has been taken. You should go fight Ximen Qing. What’s the use of smashing things at home?” Wu Dalang: “The things I am smashing at things made by Ximen Qing! Wu Song glared and reached out for the knife on the wall! Wu Dalang grabbed his younger brother’s sleeve: “Brother, actually I have already won!” Wu Song looked at his brother in astonishment. Wu Dalang continued: “in October, Ximen only came to our home 19 times, which is a 19% decrease from last year, and although it is a 22% increase from last month, but the rate of growth is clearly slowing. Yesterday, I was with your sister-in-law [his wife, Pan Jinlian] for only 71 minutes upstairs, which is a 24% decrease from last year, which clearly means she’s afraid of me now.”

[Note: The above is commenting on the Diaoyu Islands dispute and criticizing typical Chinese government responses to using characters from Water Margin and Jin Ping Mei.]

白宫红旗飘飘 [网易广西柳州市三江县网友]:

Sitting here waiting for American running-dogs [pro-US Chinese] to change the subject [or distract from the subject].

网易北京市手机网友 ip:117.136.*.*: (responding to above)

Same here, I bet they’ll say it’s an isolated case.

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 ip:112.97.*.*: (also responding to 白宫红旗飘飘 )

Sitting here waiting for wu mao to have an orgasm and collectively flame/bash.

网易西班牙手机网友(188.77.*.*): (also responding to 白宫红旗飘飘)

Hurry and come out American running dogs! 🐶
While I’m at it, let me say something to those below me preparing to yell at me: If I am a wumao, may my whole family die. If I’m not, may your whole family die. 😊
[This consequence] is very real!

网易辽宁省大连市手机网友 ip:113.234.*.*: (responding to above)

American running dogs wouldn’t read/pay attention to news like this. In the eyes of American running dogs, America is paradise. There is no violence, and freedom everywhere. ^_^ So free you can kill people as you please.

网易广西南宁市手机网友 ip:218.204.*.*: (responding to above)

People can kill people as they please in China too. Just look at the rich and those who are government officials. They can kill a few people, pay some compensation and be done with it. Don’t say it doesn’t happen.

大雨至水天干地湿 [网易江西省南昌市手机网友]: (also responding to 白宫红旗飘飘)

Fuck your mother! America isn’t perfect, but it’s still ten thousand times better than North Korea, and China is only 50 or 100 steps ahead of North Korea. Damn wumao, stupid and ignorant but still thinking so highly of yourselves, don’t come out and embarrass yourselves!

加州大炮哥 [网易美国手机网友]:

There are a lot of human scum in America. When I first came, I was once taking a stroll by myself around Fisherman’s Wharf when suddenly a white homeless person charged up to me and made a very unfriendly gesture and menacing expression. I didn’t understand what he wanted. A white uncle [older man] who worked at an inn nearby ran over and yelled at the homeless man, saying something like: fuck off, next time I will kill you, son of a bitch, fuck you. After the homeless man was sent running, the white uncle told me that I have to be bolder when encountering this kind of scum, that if I appear scared, they will be bolder.

There is scum everywhere, but public safety in America honestly is worse than in mainland China. In mainland China, you can go for a stroll at night in big cities without problems but here, especially in places like New York City or Chicago, it’s best not to go for a walk alone at night.

涅槃鸟 [网易山东省烟台市网友]:

If every corner of the United States was parked full of high-end sports cars N times higher than the cars of locals all purchased and owned by China’s official second generation [children of Chinese government officials], I imagine anti-Chinese sentiment would explode and unable to be checked! Actually, this kind of thing is already happening!

网易陕西省安康市手机网友 ip:221.11.*.*: (responding to above)

So wherever official second generation go, disaster follows?

不默先森 [网易湖南省手机网友]:

Three students chasing and attacking a drunk person on the side of the street cause him to jump into a lake and drown.
Beijing Times 05-15 03:08

网易加拿大网友 ip:142.244.*.*:

The moment I saw that it was an ethnic African, it was no longer strange. There are very few black people who aren’t scum… the same everywhere.

网易北京市朝阳区手机网友 ip:221.218.*.*:

Working in America for 15 years and still not knowing English, going abroad but not willing to integrate into local society, often starting Chinatowns. This kind of people will be treated as outsiders no matter where it is! So the reason for being excluded [discriminated against] includes oneself [one’s own behavior, decisions]!

FL1X3000C [网易天津市网友]:

In America, ethnic Chinese are the lowest when it comes to social hierarchy, where even black devils are one level higher than ethnic Chinese, and the reason is: Ethnic Chinese themselves don’t try to improve themselves, not only when it comes to actively participating in government, but even more when when it comes to actively participating in the military, always trying to keep the peace [avoid further trouble/conflict] when they encounter violence or incidents of injustice, only to be bullied and humiliated. It’s like this in schools and into society, lowering themselves whenever they encounter Westerners [or automatically seeing oneself as inferior to Westerners].

江北一狼 [网易安徽省滁州市网友]:

African black devils are our best friends! Even in Imperialist America, they maintain the closest physical contact with ethnic Chinese!

网易内蒙古网友 ip:1.183.*.*:

However much you make the United States look bad, America is still the world’s boss [most powerful country]; You can criticize the United States government to the point where there is nothing good, and the American government is still elected by the people; No matter how great you make yourself sound, you are still a less developed country; However wise and brilliant you make your leaders sound, they are still not elected by the ordinary common people; No matter how much you praise your human rights, your people still don’t have freedom of speech. (I’m talking about North Korea)


Sigh! ~This is a country’s tragedy! ~Never do we see a laowai being beaten to death by Chinese people, right?! ~But why are Chinese people always being beaten to death by people abroad?! ~From this we can see a country’s weakness, its citizens being bullied and discriminated against wherever they go!~

网易陕西省西安市网友 ip:123.138.*.*: (responding to above)

Ethnic Chinese are Chinese [nationals/citizens]? Ethnic Chinese are American, okay? They pay taxes to America, have American nationality, and ought to be protected under American law. It has fuck all to do with China. There’s even a group of comments above climaxing when actually this has fuck all to do with China.

网易美国手机网友 ip:4.28.*.*:

Yep, black people seem to be very extreme. The good ones are really good. The bad ones are really bad.

网易上海市手机网友 ip:140.206.*.*:

The majority of black people are all shit! Why do I say this? Because they feel they were persecuted too much during America’s black slavery era, so they feel everyone under the sky owes them, and they’re very aggressive/cocky in their speech. You can tell immediately they have no proper upbringing [education, manners].

半鬼人丶 [网易山东省济宁市手机网友]:

Wu mao are going to orgasm [“have a field day with this”]!

梅西赛季场均得分超易建联 [网易广东省广州市手机网友]:

As expected, a black devil.

网易广西南宁市手机网友 ip:180.139.*.*:

Haven’t we been hearing often lately that other than mainland people, people from everywhere else all have good characters?


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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