Briton doled out food to homeless people in China for 7 years

September 24, 2012Jing Gao4 Comments, , , , , , , , ,

From NetEase


A British engineer sold out his three companies, estate and two race cars seven years ago and came to Xi’an, China, to provide food to the homeless people. Recently, his story has garnered much support and respect from many Chinese netizens, while some others sniff at it.


46-year-old Tony used to be an electrical engineer in the British Royal Navy. He ran three companies after leaving the army, and owned an estate and two race cars. He said that he suddenly grew bored of his hectic life on one day in 2002, and then decided to sell his companies, house and cars and left England for a trip around the world.


In 2005, Tony set up “Yellow River Charity Kitchen” in Xi’an, Shaanxi province. Tony said, “Yellow River Charity Kitchen” has two goals: help those who wish to offer help, offer help to those who need help. Their handing out baozi (Chinese steamed buns) to the homeless went from one day per week to three days per week. “Some people said, ‘No, I can’t help them (the homeless). They may have a house and a car back in their hometown,’” Tony said, “We don’t make judgments as to who are real and who are fake. The reality is, after all, most homeless people are real. As long as we can help them, this thing becomes meaningful..” Tony even used the Chinese proverb, 瑕不掩瑜, (One flaw cannot obscure the splendor of the jade) to express his opinion that the defects cannot belittle the virtues.


Clothes donated by caring people take up an entire room, June 27, Xi’an. Tony says they hand out clothes on a regular basis. People often encourage the homeless to find a job, but Tony disagree with that idea. “People differ in their capabilities. Some people, such as the handicapped, the old and the intellectually challenged, have no choice. Some others just don’t feel like a change at the moment, so, just let them be. Our job is to provide services to them.”


Tony said that because the homeless do not have a sense of security, they would tell newly-arrived volunteers not to ask those homeless people why they choose to beg in the street instead of finding a job, “Their right to choose a life like this should be respected. People have the right to choose how they live their life.” So far, the freebies they offer have expanded to include hair-cut, shower, clothes and quilts.


Tony eats boxed lunch or steamed buns with veggie stuffing.


Tony contacts the owner of a baozi shop and tells him the quantity needed.


Tony shows the photo in his cellphone of the car and the country house he once owned.


A photo of Tony and a few foreign volunteers.


Tony and the baozi shop owner stay friends across the years.


A homeless person expresses his gratitude for Tony.


Every time after he finishes handing out baozi, Tony spends 15 minutes walking to a nearby bus stop and rides a bus home.

Top comments from NetEase:

专业杀西瓜 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:2012-09-19 11:47:38 发表
This foreigner deserves everyone’s respect. Vote it up! What he is doing means so much more than what the entire country has done and 1,000 times more than what that richest philanthropist (Chen Guangbiao)… Those who agree with me, vote this post up. Those who have a heart, vote this up!

芙小小仙子 [网易四川省成都市网友]:2012-09-19 11:30:22 发表
If they give those baozi to the Red Cross, let the Red Cross hand them out, and reward them 10 yuan for each baozi they hand out, I wonder if the Red Cross would think it’s too little money.

荒狂之风 [网易吉林省长春市网友]:2012-09-19 11:32:37 发表
(He’s) Norman Bethune of the current era! Thank you!

网易湖北省武汉市网友 [wangfeng8990] 的原贴:1
A foreign loser who couldn’t muddle along came to China to feign coolness, followed by a bunch of American dogs and Japanese bastards who cheered for nothing.

He is at the very least a friend with a good heart. The commenter upstairs is a loser with no heart or soul!

网易陕西省咸阳市网友 [jjwei1024] 的原贴:3
A great, benevolent act would be associated with hypocrisy and conspiracy in the eyes of my fellow countrymen who have no faith. But you will never be able to attain his level in the rest your life. Pathetic!

网易广东省佛山市网友 [万岁民主] 的原贴:4
In the eyes of evil people, the entire world looks evil. From what the person on the first floor said, I can tell what type of person the first floor is.

网易广东省东莞市网友 [我们养的猪还少吗] 的原贴:1
A meat baozi is enough to make you cry like his grandsons. Wow, your guys rock!

网易重庆市网友 [还是不让显么] 的原贴:2
You sell your car and house, and try that for seven months first. No need for seven years. Before you bullshit like this ever again.

truckszsvc0 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:2012-09-20 09:10:08 发表

It is easy to hand out baozi for one day…But he keeps doing it for seven years.
What a compliment to the local government!

网易安徽省合肥市网友 ip:114.96.*.*2012-09-20 09:01:57 发表
A person like this will never appear in an authoritarian regime.

崖山明月 [网易吉林省长春市网友]:2012-09-20 08:57:48 发表
The universal values of the Christian West, or human rights? Either way, this foreigner’s acts are really touching.

网易湖南省郴州市网友 [杩拉购币] 的原贴:

Problems concerning Chinese people should be solved by Chinese people. The Briton has no right to take an interest in or meddle with the internal affairs of our country.
They are just putting up an act for the sake of fame. Why did they come to China instead of staying in their own country? Doesn’t Britain have homeless people? What makes the Briton think he can boss around in our country? Who do they think they are?

Look at that homeless man! He has a pretty sturdy build. How come he had the gall to take that baozi and eat? I can’t say what Tony does is wrong. But it encourages the laziness of those who want to gain without doing any work. Sigh… Even looking at them pisses me off.

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 [我们养的猪还少吗] 的原贴:7
As the saying goes, do not take the bone thrown to you in contempt. You guys look strong and healthy, and yet you remain a homeless person in the same place for seven or eight years. I feel so disgraced by your spinelessness, uselessness and shamelessness!

qingfeng6510 [网易吉林省四平市网友]:2012-09-20 08:11:53 发表
Chinese government, don’t you feel disgraced? Don’t you blush? Pooh…

网易浙江省嘉兴市手机网友 ip:115.228.*.*2012-09-20 22:07:09 发表
This post should be pinned to the top. Look at those rich and yet heartless guys and corrupt officials in the country.

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4 comments to “Briton doled out food to homeless people in China for 7 years”

  1. X | September 24, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Why China? Is there any particular reason?

    • John Doe | September 28, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Probably because China is a growing economic powerhouse that, for the sake of its own “progress”, is sweeping many people under the rug?

  2. Mad Dog | September 25, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    damn, why such criticism of this guy. he gave up a lot and felt moved to help these folks. For 7 BLOODY years! That is an immense sacrifice and he does it out of concern for his fellow man. Not too many of us are in a position to criticize this guy and his stalwart Baozhi buddy! Bravo!

  3. Blacksoth | September 25, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    After 7 years of charity, he’s acknowledged for it. Clearly it was all a ploy for fame (this guy REALLY plays the long game).

    “Problems concerning Chinese people should be solved by Chinese people. The Briton has no right to take an interest in or meddle with the internal affairs of our country.”

    I think this statement is hilarious. Ignoring the fact that he seems to equate giving food and clothes to homeless with national security, I agree, China’s problems should be solved by chinese people. So what exactly is being done?

    Everybody needs a hand every once in a while. Would you really turn down help because the person giving it was different then you?

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