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Bizarre Nanning Incident: Passer-By Throws Resting Girl from Yongjiang Bridge

Video footage of a man throwing a random girl from the bridge in Nanning is making its way on Chinese social media.

Gabi Verberg

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Within a time frame of just three seconds, an unsuspecting woman having a rest on a bridge in Nanning gets picked up and thrown off the guardrail. As security footage is going viral, netizens are shocked by the bizarre incident.

Security footage that captures how a man throws a random woman of a bridge in Nanning is quickly spreading on Chinese social media today (video on Weibo here).

In the 38-second-long surveillance video, a man dressed in black can be seen walking on the bridge. In the distance stands a young woman, leaning against the bridge guardrail, seemingly having a rest. Suddenly, the man walks towards her, lifts her up by her leg and buttocks, and throws her over the railing, into the Yong River (邕江).

The entire incident, that took place on the evening of October 2nd, occurred within a time frame of just three seconds. The footage further shows that the man continues his walk as the traffic keeps rushing by.

According to the Guangxi Daily, the local Nanning Qingxiu police station received reports of the incident around seven o’clock on Tuesday night. The police immediately dispatched police officers to the scene.

Arriving at the scene, they found a group of people who had caught the man suspected of throwing the woman off the bridge. He was arrested at the spot.

With the help of bystanders, the woman was rescued and brought to the Second People’s Hospital in Nanning. The 19-year-old victim, who surname is Wei (伟), is not in critical condition. However, her high fall did cause her to injure her waist and spine.

According to family and friends, Wei did not know the man who threw her off the bridge. She was just having a rest, looking out over the river after having dinner in town.

A reporter of the local television station of Nanning stated the victim still has trouble to understand what has happened to her.

Wei told the reporter that she recalls using her last breath to scream for help just before she hit the water. It is because of the help of a man by the name of Abo (阿伯), who at that time happened to be swimming nearby, that she is still alive, she says.

“He tried to kill her, but he was unsuccesful,” one Weibo commenter said. Others called for the man to get a long prison sentence, and called the incident “absolutely terrifying.”

A statement released by the Nanning Qingxiu police department discloses that the suspect is a man named Tang (唐) from outside Nanning. He is still in custody while police further investigates the case.

By Gabi Verberg

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Gabi Verberg is a Business graduate from the University of Amsterdam who has worked and studied in Shanghai and Beijing. She now lives in Amsterdam and works as a part-time translator, with a particular interest in Chinese modern culture and politics.

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Exchange Student to Be Deported from China for Harassing Young Woman at University

An exchange student studying at the Hebei University of Engineering has been expelled and will soon be deported after harassing a female student.

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An exchange student from Pakistan who was studying at the Hebei University of Engineering (河北工程大学) has been expelled and detained after harassing a female student at the same university.

The incident, that is attracting much attention on Chinese social media this week, adds to the wave of recent controversies over the behavior and status of overseas students in mainland China.

On July 31, a female student at the Hebei university filed a police report against a Pakistani student who allegedly harassed her and attempted to forcefully kiss her and touch her breasts.

Screenshots of a supposed WeChat conversation between the exchange student and the female student, in which the man apologizes and claims the interaction is a “requirement for friendship,” are being shared on social media.

According to various reports, the police initially tried to mediate between the two students, which the female student refused.

Together with the school principal, the police then further investigated the case and found ample evidence of harassment after examining the university’s surveillance system.

On August 1st, the Hebei University of Engineering announced that they had expelled the student and that he will be deported from China. The announcement received more than 14,000 reactions and 150,000 ‘likes’ on Weibo.

The student is now detained at the local Public Security Bureau and is awaiting his deportation.

A photo of two officers together with a man in front of the detention center in Handan is circulating on social media in relation to this incident.

At time of writing, the hashtag page “Exchange Student to Be Deported after Molesting Female Student” (#留学生猥亵女学生将被遣送出境#) has been viewed over 310 million times on Weibo.

Among thousands of reactions, there are many who praise the Hebei university for supporting the female student after she reported the exchange student to the police.

“This may not be the best university, but at least they stand behind their students!”, some say, with others calling the university “awesome.”

Many say that the Hebei university should serve as an example for other Chinese universities to follow, with Shandong University being specifically mentioned by Weibo users.

Shandong University was widely criticized earlier this summer for its “buddy exchange program,” which was accused of being a way to arrange Chinese “girlfriends” for male foreign students.

Another incident that is mentioned in relation to this trending story is that of an exchange student who displayed aggressive behavior towards a Chinese police officer in July of this year. The student was not punished for his actions, which sparked anger on Chinese social media.

By Manya Koetse

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Holiday Homework: Take a Picture with Five Foreigners

Is “take a photo with a foreigner” an appropriate homework assignment? This Zhuhai school teacher thinks it is.

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An elementary school in Guangdong’s Zhuhai city has become a target of online banter this week for a special holiday homework assignment given to its pupils.

The school’s English teacher told students to take a picture with five foreigners this holiday. The pupils’ parents were not too happy with this ‘homework’ and questioned its purpose and validity.

In the eyes of many netizens, the assignment is inappropriate as it supposedly teaches pupils to look up to (or ‘worship’) foreigners.

Others think the assignment is simply not practical, saying that Zhuhai does not have that many foreigners walking around and that not all foreigners speak English.

With over 110 million views on the hashtag “Holiday Homework to Take Photo with Five Foreigners” (#暑假作业与五个外国人合影#), the topic has blown up on Weibo.

“Just take a photo with the neighbor and tell them they’re from Singapore,” some people suggested: “Take some photos with Chinese people and say they were from South Korea!”

In an online poll about the issue, initiated by China Daily, nearly 65% of respondents said they did not agree with the assignment.

The school principal responded to the controversy, saying that the assignment was an “optional” one.

The class head also stated that the assignment was not obligatory, but that it was merely meant as an “encouragement” so that students could practice their conversational English by having a short conversation with a foreigner.

Many commenters side with school and condemn all the criticism and banter: “Of course an English teacher would want to tell its pupils to interact with foreigners in English!”

Another person mentions that many Chinese students have high grades in their English exams without actually being able to hold a conversation in English: “Our English education is not focused enough on speaking English.”

“This teaches students to take the initiative to start a conversation in English, what’s not good about it? You’re all too sensitive!”

By Manya Koetse , with contributions from Miranda Barnes

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