Yue Yue, Chinese toddler run over in hit-and-run, believed to be stable
Two-year-old Yue Yue, who was left bleeding on the road after a hit-and-run accident Thursday, is now showing signs of stability, China Daily reported Tuesday. Australian news site the Herald Sun, however, continued to report that she was dead.
Surveillance camera footage of the incident shows the toddler being hit by a white van Thursday in Foshan in Guandong Province, then being hit by another van and ignored by nearly 20 passersby for seven excruciating minutes before she was given help.
Chinese hit-and-run toddler dies
CHINA — A two-year-old girl in southern China, who was run over by two vans and ignored by 18 passers-by, has died, hospital officials say.
Surveillance camera footage showed people walking past the girl as she lay bleeding and unconscious.
It sparked a wave of condemnation and soul-searching on China’s social networking sites.
— BBC News
The Chinese in Trinidad and Tobago
Of lately I’ve been speaking with a lot of foreigners, and here I am realising how important it is for me as a Trinidadian to know about my cultural heritage, and the history of my country. A certain percentage of my ethnicity is Chinese coming from my mom’s side of the family. Anyway, I don’t know much about the Chinese except for a few things. I admit that I know more about East Indian (South Asian) and African culture in Trinidad than that of Chinese culture. Probably because the Chinese in Trinidad are a close-knit, and quiet community.
From what I’ve read the majority of Chinese who came to the Caribbean were from Southern China. My great-grandfather was from Hong Kong. Hong Kong was part of the southern Guangdong province. I didn’t know that Hong Kong was part of the southern Guangdong province, until I read this link from the Trinidad and Tobago National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS). Anyway, I decided that I’m going to do further reading on Chinese in Trinidad, so that I could understand my heritage better, InshaaAllah:-). If you want to read about Chinese in Trinidad and Tobago too, click on the following link: http://www2.nalis.gov.tt/Research/SubjectGuide/ChineseArrival/tabid/113/Default.aspx?PageContentMode=1
I’ll close here for the while. I’ll be back soon to add more stuff to my blog, InshaaAllah. Keep safe, Ma3as Salaam (bye):-h
Some flags of my cultural heritage…
Trinidad and Tobago
Hong Kong SAR
You all are in my heart. Home is where the heart is, and home is Trinidad. I have to admit that my favourite flag is, the flag of Barbados.
This blog post was previously posted here:
Faceoff in Chinese City Over Censorship of Newspaper
By Jonah Kessel and Chris Buckley, NY Times, January 8, 2013
GUANGZHOU, China—Protests over censorship at one of China’s most liberal newspapers descended into ideological confrontation on Tuesday, pitting advocates of free speech against supporters of Communist Party control who wielded red flags and portraits of Mao Zedong.
The face-off between liberals and leftists at the headquarters of a newspaper company in southern China came after disgruntled editors and reporters at Southern Weekend last week decried what they alleged was crude meddling by the head of party propaganda in Guangdong Province, which has long had a reputation as a bastion of a relatively free press.
The protesting journalists at Southern Weekend have called for the dismissal of Tuo Zhen, the top propaganda official in Guangdong province. They blame Mr. Tuo, a former journalist, for making a drastic change in a New Year’s editorial that had originally called for greater respect for constitutional rights. The revised editorial instead praised Communist Party policies.
A former editor with the Southern Daily group of newspapers, which includes Southern Weekend, said negotiations continued on Tuesday between representatives of the disgruntled journalists and newspaper managers and provincial propaganda officials.
The former editor, who asked that his name not be used for fear it could jeopardize his new job, said the talks focused on the protesting journalists’ demands that the paper’s managers rescind a statement that denied that Mr. Tuo was responsible for the New Year editorial and for an inquiry into the incident.
“They want that statement to be removed, and they also want assurances about relaxing controls on journalists—not removing party oversight, but making it more reasonable, allowing reporters to challenge officials,” he said. “The other main demand is for an impartial explanation of what happened, an accounting so it won’t happen again.”
The former editor said a continued standoff into Wednesday could jeopardize the newspaper’s usual publication on Thursday. “In effect, it’s a strike,” he said. “It looks unclear whether it can come out on Thursday.”
Senior Chinese officials have so far not commented publicly on the censorship dispute at the newspaper, which has tested how far the recently appointed Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, will extend his vows of economic reform into a degree of political relaxation. But self-proclaimed defenders of Communist orthodoxy who turned up at the newspaper headquarters said on Tuesday that they were there to make the party’s case.
“We support the Communist Party, shut down the traitor newspaper,” said one of the cardboard signs held up by one of 10 or so protesters who came to defend the government.
“Southern Weekend is having an American dream,” said another of the signs. “We don’t want the American dream, we want the Chinese dream.”
Some of the group held up portraits of Mao, the late revolutionary leader who remains a symbol of communist zeal, while others waved the red flags of China and of the Communist Party. Most of the party supporters refused to give their names. They said they came on their own initiative, and not at the behest of officials.
The dueling protests outside the newspaper’s headquarters in this provincial capital reflected the political passions and tensions churned up by the quarrel over censorship, which has erupted while Mr. Xi is trying to win public favor and consolidate his authority.
Hundreds of bystanders watched and took photos on mobile phones as the leftists shouted at the 20 or more protesters who had gathered to denounce censorship, and shoving matches broke out between the demonstrators.
At one point, leftists were showered with 50-cent renminbi currency notes. The “Fifty Cent Party” has become a popular term for disparaging pro-party leftists, who are alleged by critics to be willing to take 50 cents in payment for each pro-party message they send onto the Internet.
“It’s the only newspaper in China that’s willing to tell the truth,” said Liang Taiping, 28, a poet from the southern city of Changsha who said he took the train to Guangzhou to show his support for Southern Weekend, which is widely read nationwide.
“What’s the point of living while you can’t even speak freely?” he said.