Photos: Life of Chen Xianmei, woman who helped Yue Yue the run-over toddler, disturbed by media circus, propaganda

October 26, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments, , , , , , , , , , , ,

From NetEase

She lived in peace and obscurity in the southern city of Foshan with her son, her daughter-in-law and her grandson. She worked as a part-time housekeeping maid during the day, cooked for employees at her son’s hardware store at noon, and went out to collect trash in the evening and sell it to local recyclers for a pin money. However, all of that has changed after she became the first one to lend a hand to a Chinese toddler named Yue Yue, who was brutally run over by two motor vehicles and disregarded by 18 passersby, and thereby came to national attention. While the nation is mourning over Yue Yue’s tragic death and reflecting on the callousness and cold-heartedness of Chinese people epitomized in this case and many other similar ones with remarkable spontaneity, Chen Xianmei, the women who dismissed what she did as a trifling matter, is relentlessly dogged by the press corps and propaganda officials who heavily publicize her “heroic deeds” and try to make a moral example out of her through storytelling and fanfare. (Read: 2-year-old toddler run over by two vehicles, ignored by 18 passers-by, riling up public opinion)

On October 17, four days after the hit-and-run accident, Chen Xianmei was mobbed by Chinese reporters in Foshan.

At 1:40 p.m. on October 17, Chen Xianmei, tired from handling the press, was going home for a nap, before several reporters trotted up towards her and kept bombarding her with questions.

On the evening of October 18, Chen Xianmei stood at her son’s office, wearing a drowsy look. An entire day full of intensive interviews exhausted her mind and body.

On the afternoon of October 19, three “representatives of good citizens” chosen from various circles visited Chen and “exchanged their experiences of being a good citizen during a folksy conversation.”

On the afternoon of October 19, three “representatives of good citizens” in Foshan (on Chen’s left) sat down and had a folksy conversation with her that lasted 10 minutes. They requested Chen to take pictures with them before they left.

On October 19. Foshan’s Committee for Construction of Spiritual Civilization, a government body which often launches campaigns dedicated to the purging of what it deems social ills and public promotion of exemplary models, rewarded Chen with “Consolation Money” for her heroic deeds.

An entrepreneur from a business enterprise based in Dongguan, a neighboring city, presented wads of cash worth RMB100,000 (US$15,500) to Chen Xianmei to thank her good heart, despite Chen’s multiple refusals. (Jing: According to Chinese media reports, Chen later donated money she received to Yue Yue’s parents.)

Another woman from the same company hugged Chen Xianmei.

At 2:15 p.m. on October 17, Chen Xianmei asked reporters waiting outside her home to leave, as her landlady had threatened to kick her out over the media circus.

During the interview, Chen’s cellphone kept ringing, disrupting and distracting her from the interview every now and then.

From October 15 to 18, Chen was asked to revisit the accident scene and reenact the moment she held up Yue Yue and pulled her to the roadside time and time again.

At 2 p.m. on October 17, Chen decided to take a rest at home. A cohort of reporters followed her to her home and intended to go inside and keep pressing her for answers. Chen chased them away and shut the door on them.

On October 19, representatives were dispatched from Chen’s hometown, Yangshan County of Qingyuan, Guangdong province, to thank her for winning honor for Yangshan county and making its people proud.

At 2 p.m. on October 17, Chen’s landlady could no longer tolerate the media frenzy, drove Chen out of her temporary home and went downstairs to chase reporters herself. Chen felt unfair and walked away from a reporter from Hong kong who was still pestering her.

At dusk, Chen was still surrounded by six reporters from Hong Kong. When Chen left with her grandson an hour later, reporters were still reluctant to let her go.

Tears trickled down Chen’s cheek when she was accepting interviews on October 17. Her son told reporters that talking to media at full strength for days has robbed her of good rest and led to a relapse of her eye problem. She has been having watery eyes since the spotlight was turned on her.

From October 15 to 18, Chen was asked to revisit the accident scene and reenact the moment she held up Yue Yue and pulled her to the roadside time and time again .

Selected comments from NetEase:

你那里还疼吗 [网易江西省南昌市网友]:2011-10-25 11:21:48 发表

Please, the media, give the peaceful life back to the grannny!

王松华 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

Psychotic media

美帝驻华签证官 [网易广东省韶关市网友]:2011-10-25 11:34:00 发表
Why is a people, calling for a nationwide discussion over whether old people should be helped after they fall over, in the position to talk about responsibility as a great power?
Why is a country, precarious and in dire need for stability maintenance everywhere, in the position to talk about putting the people first?
king312 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:2011-10-25 11:35:59 发表

On the afternoon of October 19, three “representatives of good citizens” chosen from various circles visited Chen and “exchanged their experiences of being a good citizen during a folksy conversation.” !!!!!! Exchanged their experiences of being a good citizen?????!!!!!

网易浙江省绍兴市网友 [romanticknight007] 的原贴:1

Representatives were dispatched from Chen’s hometown, Yangshan County of Qingyuan, Guangdong province, to thank her. Why it sounds so sick? Did any one of you look at her in the eye when she was collecting trash?

我艹你大爷 [网易辽宁省大连市网友]:2011-10-25 11:31:19 发表

What everyone should be doing is now hyped by reporters joining the eager rush. What is wrong with this society?

网易美国手机网友 ip:71.92.*.*2011-10-25 11:32:37 发表

Salute to the old aunt. The media, enough is enough!

落落叔叔 [网易浙江省宁波市网友]:2011-10-25 11:35:28 发表

Don’t make her, at such an old age, come off as a motivational speaker. She could not remember those long scripts by heart. Provide her with some financial aid and leaver her in peace.

网易广东省广州市越秀区手机网友 ip:219.137.*.*2011-10-25 11:35:49 发表

Why it looks as if she’d done something wrong

北京250 [网易北京市东城区网友]:2011-10-26 06:20:19 发表
tvbpiok [网易广东省广州市天河区网友]:2011-10-26 05:24:29 发表

It amounts to psychological torture. And they just don’t leave her alone.

义兴 [网易河北省廊坊市网友]:2011-10-26 04:39:30 发表

Conclusion can be drawn from this that it is not easy to be a good citizen. If I were her, I wouldn’t have done such a good thing.

mjpxxx01 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:2011-10-26 02:20:08 发表
Tragedy for the party and the country! It should have been a normal good deed, but has been blown out of proportion by the media and official to the extent that it makes people sick. Why the society is lacking people like Aunt Chen? Has anyone thought about it? The government ever reflects upon that? Do reporters and officials dare deny that there is a self-serving element?
Hope it will not be deleted! Thanks.
蕾洺 [网易广东省网友]:2011-10-26 02:11:25 发表

This is what they call “A good act will be well rewarded?” Was there anyone revolving around the granny when she was quietly picking garbage on the roadside?! This must be the flip side of the fickleness of the world.

网易北京市崇文区网友 ip:221.218.*.*2011-10-26 02:01:14 发表

A bunch of extremely ugly people. Wearing fake smiling masks, some of them even with a cigarette dangling from their lips. These people are the real cold-blooded animals, because they all assume helping people is a rare and extraordinary thing to do.

百姓1 [网易中国网友]:2011-10-26 00:46:38 发表

This is the reality of Chinese media: they only care about their personal interests at the cost of hurting others. They drive people nuts like flies!

superhsr [网易北京市网友]:2011-10-26 00:00:01 发表

When you are a physically perfectly normal person landed in a crowd of erectile dysfunction patients, you will find all of a sudden that you’ve become the alpha male.  This is what has happened to Aunt Chen.

网易天津市手机网友 ip:202.99.*.* [手机上163.com看贴回贴]2011-10-25 23:59:46 发表

A perfectly normal move appears so lofty with the frigging cold society acting as a foil…Isn’t it sad?

北京土着 [网易美国网友]:2011-10-25 23:59:28 发表

Our countrymen just so love to set up moral leaders.

网易广东省手机网友 ip:112.97.*.*2011-10-25 23:56:14 发表

Leave her alone. Stop pestering her.

网易山东省青岛市网友 [演绎成功] 的原贴:

The media, you have really run out of story ideas. You want to tire an old person to death!!!!!! Sicko!!!!!

billqiu [网易广东省深圳市网友]:2011-10-25 23:17:47 发表

Here they come! Those officials who love to put on a show. Chen Xianmei should have hidden away.

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  2. Blacksoth | October 31, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Too bad the old woman wasn’t a little bolder and lecture them about morality. Clearly those celebrating her have no idea what morality is. Why are they offerring money to her? To ecourage other people to do good deeds (within shot of a camera, of course) so they can cash in? At least the woman had REAL morals and gave some money to the parents of the dead kid.

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