Shanghai defines mentally ill patients, hunts down accordingly; One netizen cued

September 14, 2012Jing GaoNo Comments, , , , ,

Caixin magazine reports that Shanghai will inquire into its residents and detect mentally ill patients.

According to the news story, Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Public Health has recently issued a new guideline on mental disease diagnosis and treatment and instructed local communities to find out odd behaviors of their members and report cases.

Among the ‘odd behaviors’ that may be a red flag and may be categorized as symptoms of mental disorder are ‘skipping school or work with no proper reason, avoiding outside contact’, ‘being overly aloof toward others and taciturn, moving too slowly, doing nothing all day’ and ‘talking too much, being hyperactive, going about and meddling.’

Those with registered residency in Shanghai and those who have stayed in the city for more than six months, including expatriates, are the targets of this campaign.

The news was at first tweeted by a slew of Chinese net users on Sina Weibo, the Chinese hybrid of Facebook and Twitter, for its absurdity and large scope. That is, until one Weibo user made his mark with his poignant observations.

@unhappyworm commented, “The first set (of standards) is talking about She; the second, Who; the third, When,” a coded message that alludes to three top Chinese politicians: Vice President Xi Jinping (‘Xi’ in Chinese sounds like the English word ‘she’), President Hu Jintao (‘Hu’ is pronounced as ‘who’) and Premier Wen Jiabao (‘Wen’ sounds similar to ‘when’. )

The tweet immediately went viral on Sina Weibo, causing tens of thousands of users to share and thumb up the brilliant and yet audacious associations between mental disorder symptoms and the idiosyncrasies of the three Chinese leaders. It also pointed out the disturbing fact that She, the nickname for Xi Jinping, has missed several meetings with foreign leaders and been out of sight for more than ten days.

xi jinping

‘Skipping school or work with no proper reason, avoiding outside contact.’ Xi Jinping?

Xi Jinping, widely regarded as China’s next leader and slated to take office after the once-in-a-decade leadership transition this October or November,  called off meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, among others. Netizens have been quipping in English, such as “Where is She?” “iPhone 5 appears, but She disappears,” due to the fact that Xi’s Chinese name has become a sensitive word on the Chinese internet and can quickly drew attention from censors.

In China, the really critical policy shifts are made by an inner circle of advisers to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao as well as upper-echelon members of the Communist Party. These leaders are clearly irked by the product safety scandals that have hit China in recent months, but whether they can get the country's powerful local politicians and regulators to clean up their act is an open question.

‘Being overly aloof toward others and taciturn, moving too slowly, doing nothing all day.’ Hu Jintao?


‘Talking too much, being hyperactive, going about and meddling.’ Wen Jiabao?

President Hu Jintao, a lame duck these days, is known for its impersonal and stiff image and inactions on political reforms, whereas Premier Wen Jiabao, once dubbed ‘People’s Premier Wen, Grandpa Wen’ for his populist stance and accessible personality, is mocked as “King of Actors” in recent years who always hurries to disaster or accident scenes and make field trips only to pay lip service.

@unhappyworm’s tweet has already been deleted.

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