American man highly spoken of by Chinese netizens for breaking bread with panhandler
A foreigner who snacked with an old beggar on two bags of French fries and chatted with her on the side walk has become the latest hot topic on China’s social network.
On the afternoon of May 5, user “轻疯患者Mr_Q(Weibo page)” posted on Sina Weibo a photo with comment: “Outside a McDonald’s restaurant, a foreigner bought two bags of French fries. He handed one bag to an old granny who begs on the street. The two chatted happily while sitting on the ground.” In another photo, the foreigner pours water into the beggar’s bottle.
The photos have been reposted by thousands of Weibo users and inspired a round of soul-searching. Many refer to the scene as a heartwarming moment, and give the foreigner an endearing nickname “Brother Fries”. Li Chen, a Chinese actor, commented, “There is always true love in the world. In fact, non-verbal communication can, as the saying goes , speak volumes.”
There are also net users who think the whole thing is not worth the publicity, “This type of thing exists in any country. It is nothing special.” User “PM爬爬爬”said, “If I were him, I sure wouldn’t mind buying some good food for and practicing speaking with a foreign granny…”
Later, Modern Express, a Nanjing-based newspaper reported that the American man is named Jason Loose. He came from Los Angeles to Nanjing University last September to study Chinese and now works at a sportswear company in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. Many Chinese students at the university say that he came across as honest, sincere and always ready to help others.
Jason Loose, an American from Los Angeles, now works at a sportswear company in Nanjing.
Asked about the friends he cast upon the waters, Loose told Modern Express, “Each person deserves our respect. Sitting down and chatting with the old person can let her know that in this world, there are people who do care for her.”
“She told me that she is in her 80s and has just come to Nanjing from her hometown in Anhui province. Because her children is not able to support her, she can only beg on the streets,” Loose said.
Some friends of Loose warned him that many beggars in China are actually frauds unworthy of help. Loose dismissed the idea with a smile, “They are right. I don’t know much about things in China. I am just a guest here.” He said he hopes the old person is not a swindler. But even if she is, she is still one with misery, and he would not mind helping her.
Some used unmistakable sarcasm by calling Jason’s act an orchestrated performance, an allusion to the editorials in the state-run newspapers three days ago that attacked Gary Locke’s austere work style as a façade for embarrassing Chinese government.
iJames007：According to Beijing Daily’s argument, this must be a performance staged by imperialistic Americans, an effort of “Anti-China forces abroad” to disintegrate Chinese people! Beijing Daily, hurry up with your onslaught!
长安县令 ：Such a handsome American young man chose to sit down outside a McDonald’s restaurant with a granny who begs on the street and share with her a bag of fries. What motive does he harbor? I insist that China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tell the U.S. embassy to reign in its citizens and prevent them from putting on performances.
Other comments on Sina Weibo:
o丹妮娅o：It is absolutely common that they do this in their own country…I often see people chat and drink with homeless people. Why they become role models as soon as they arrive in China?~
那些年我们流逝的青葱岁月：Foreigners are a lot better than Chinese at some things.
零的路西法：Great young man. A glory of our Nanjing University.
巴彦淖尔盟电信分公司王霞：How pathetic China is! It’s become so indifference and pathetic. Where is this country going? Ah?
斑比的叔叔：I carried bags of rice for a British granny too. What a big deal?!
丫丫琴露淝彧：Everyone’s way of expressing their feelings is different. Chinese people differ from foreigners in their way of caring for people and doing good deeds. We should learn what is good from them!
DavidLeon：I feel really ashamed! Isn’t it at Guangzhou Road gate (of Nanjing University)? This granny seems to have been lingering around there for a long time. But every time I went there, I skirted around her, because she liked to hold a pot and beg for money while sitting on the ground. Even though the granny is a professional beggar, Brother Fries Jason from the U.S. is really a good guy! I am quite moved, as I would at most throw the granny a few coins and never eat fries with her.
米粒恋夏：A really nice guy from abroad. If foreign friends are capable of it, should we Chinese people reexamine ourselves?
故乡的茶干：I personally dislike the way this story is disseminated, especially when it is raised to a higher plane of nationality and politics. Had the good guy been an Asian face, no one would have even bothered to take a picture.
小狸猫峰行天下：Love, is without borders.
开心tony：Even though there are all kings of unfairness in the world, we can still treat every one nicely with fairness.
tiffany_0328：I don’t know why the more publicity this story receives the more I dislike it…