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Doctors and nurses stage sit-in protest against hospital violence

Over two hundred medical staff from the Second People’s Hospital of Yueyang City in China’s Hunan Province held a sit-in in front of the hospital’s main building to protest against yet another case of assault towards China’s doctors.

According to the Shanghai website paper.cn, a man with a severe knife wound was sent to the hospital on August 20th but died in ICU Wednesday afternoon. 

After hearing of the death, relatives of the patient abducted a doctor involved with the case and tried to force him to kneel in front of the patient’s body.

 Relatives even smashed the hospital’s facilities and blocked the emergency department and the outpatient building, which led to the suspension of the hospital’s normal work for eight hours. Over 100 local police ultimately arrived at the scene and set up a special group to investigate the case.

Local health bureau chief Huang Jianjun said that the legal right of medical staff should be preserved.

The news also stirred up intense debate online.

“I support the medical staff. They deserve respect. If doctors can’t even ensure their own safety, how can they rescue others? ” Weibo user @Cakemillk said.

Another netizen named @Mengxiaojiangjinjie expressed the opposite view, “Could the public hospital suspend business for a while?  The emergency department should make the lives of patients its priority. If you want people to respect you, you should respect others as well”.

Others too tried to see both sides.


“Hospitals are social public institutions; their function is to serve the public well. We can’t mix up medical disturbances and the safety of patients. On the one hand, we should condemn the medical disturbance; on the other hand, hospitals should improve the service level and strengthen their social responsibility. If a hospital has a qualified medical level, efficient capacity and broad communication channels, physician-patient social contradictions will reduce substantially,” a Weibo user named @Shanchimumeishuiwangliang said.

Would you live in a haunted house?

Confucius once said, “respect ghosts and gods, but keep away from them.” And when it comes to buying a home, Chinese people seem to have taken his advice.

Belief in the supernatural is so strong in China that it can substantially affect home prices in Beijing, one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. For discerning buyers, discounts as steep at 30% are on the offing… if you don’t mind sharing your home with a ghost.

“According to Chinese traditions, houses with unnatural deaths are unlucky,” said Xu Donghua, branding director of the Beijing real estate agency Home Link.

After one client complained about being unaware of the haunted past of a property he was sold, Xu’s company set up a registry of over 900 such homes in the capital.

Many Beijingers adamantly refuse to live in haunted houses no matter what the discount. Nevertheless, while the market for paranormal property is more limited, it is definitely real.

According to Xu, the elderly and people with rich life experience, like doctors and policemen, make good buyers. Foreigners, too, are open if the price is right, and investors who hope to make a profit reselling.

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Peking Opera comes to New York City

90 years ago, Mei Lanfang, China’s most influential opera star toured the United States, introducing the U.S public to the art form. Now, Mei Baojiu, Lanfang’s son, and only remaining descendant, who is an opera star in his own right, is returning to the land where his father made history.

With lavishly embroidered costumes, elaborate makeup and acrobatics, a troupe of nearly 90 singers, actors and musicians from Beijing’s Peking Opera Theater kicked things off at New York’s Lincoln Center on August 20th, 2014 to mark the 120th anniversary of Mei Lanfang’s birth.

The 80-year-old Mei
Baojiu organized the program, which follows in his father’s footsteps, to further promote the art of Peking Opera.

Ice Bucket Challenge raises $227,000 in China

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over 1.4 million yuan ($227,000) in merely three days since it came to China on August 18th.

According to China-Dolls Center for Rare Disorders (CDCRD), it has received donations from over 4,700 donors, including 1-million-yuan (about $162,000) from Wang Sicong, son of Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin.

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New York has often been called the city that never sleeps. But in China, many cities are becoming more dynamic and attractive after sunset. Compared with the skylines of daylight hours, a city’s nightscape can be a real treat after a hard day’s work.

“Mr. Bean” dances up Chinese Dama  

The famous British comedian, Rowan Atkinson (AKA Mr. Bean) caused a huge stir when he touched down in China for the first time this week.

The British comedy star is wildly popular in China where he is best known for his character “Mr. Bean.” Atkinson dropped in with local Shanghai talk show host Wang Zijian at the former World Expo site on Wednesday, where he was recording a TV program. 

Surrounded by a group of dancing Chinese women, the British gentleman also went for a swirl and turned out to be a funny dancer. With exaggerated expressions and humorous antics, “Mr. Bean” attracted locals to take photos for him. 

Atkinson then showed off his martial arts skills, knocking Wang flying with a Kung Fu kick.

It’s the first time fans have seen the iconic comedy character since his show-stopping performance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Chinese Dama refers to a group of Chinese middle-aged women who rushed to purchase gold as an investment in the year 2013 when the gold price plunged greatly.

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Red Cross in scandal over warehouse lease

The Red Cross Society of China (#RCSC) issued a statement Wednesday saying that its cooperation with a company that leased emergency #relief #warehouses ended in May, according to a Xinhua report.

“Under the premise of not effecting the storage and delivery of relief supplies, the Disaster Prevention and Relief Center has cooperated with companies for two years, to offer them training, exchanging, consulting and some storage services,” the statement said.

But the contract ended in May, and 75% of the warehouse that was used for such cooperation was returned while the rest of it will be cleared before September, according to the statement.

The statement was responding to accusations that it had leased the central government-funded warehouse for commercial use. The warehouse was built to store emergency relief supplies in Beijing.

It said that the profits from the leasing project were all registered as earnings of RCSC and that they hadn’t found any staff members taking benefits from it.

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Jackie Chan apologizes for son’s drug abuseKung Fu movie superstar #JackieChan apologized publicly on Wednesday evening on Sina Weibo for his son’s involvement with #drugs.He posted the first part of the apology at 7 pm, August 20.“First, I’d like to thank you all for your concern. I’m very angry and shocked by what my son, #JayceeChan, has done! As a public figure, I feel ashamed. And as a father, my heart is broken. Particularly, it gives his mother more pain. I hope that young people can learn a lesson from Jaycee, and keep away from drugs…”Two minutes later, the second half followed:“I also want to say to Jaycee: you should take responsibility for your wrong behavior. As your father, I’m willing to stand by your side to face the future. I failed to be a good father… and I should take my responsibility, to apologize deeply to the public on behalf of Jaycee. Thank you!”Read more: http://wp.me/p4xlGl-LP

Jackie Chan apologizes for son’s drug abuse

Kung Fu movie superstar #JackieChan apologized publicly on Wednesday evening on Sina Weibo for his son’s involvement with #drugs.

He posted the first part of the apology at 7 pm, August 20.

“First, I’d like to thank you all for your concern. I’m very angry and shocked by what my son, #JayceeChan, has done! As a public figure, I feel ashamed. And as a father, my heart is broken. Particularly, it gives his mother more pain. I hope that young people can learn a lesson from Jaycee, and keep away from drugs…”

Two minutes later, the second half followed:

“I also want to say to Jaycee: you should take responsibility for your wrong behavior. As your father, I’m willing to stand by your side to face the future. I failed to be a good father… and I should take my responsibility, to apologize deeply to the public on behalf of Jaycee. Thank you!”

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