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Boyfriend Who Cared for Comatose Girlfriend Turns Out To Be Her Abuser

One man made Chinese headlines in 2014 for borrowing RMB 200,000 (30,900$) to care for his girlfriend, who fell into a coma after a severe head injury. But now that the woman has miraculously woken up, she reveals a shocking story: her loving boyfriend was the one who caused her injuries.

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One man made Chinese headlines in 2014 for borrowing RMB 200,000 (30,900$) to care for his girlfriend who fell into a coma after a severe head injury. But now that the woman has woken up, she reveals that her loving boyfriend was the one who caused her injuries. The story has shocked netizens, who hope that China’s new law against domestic violence will bring justice to victims of abuse.

In 2014, Liu Fenghe touched the hearts of many Chinese netizens. After his girlfriend Lin Yingying received serious head injury and became comatose, the young man from the port city of Dalian stood by her side, and even bore a debt of RMB 200,000 (30,900$) to care of his girlfriend.

Liu’s faithfulness and persistence was extensively covered by Chinese media, and many netizens pointed to Liu’s story as proof that true love still exists in China today. The pictures of the caring Liu standing by his girlfriend’s sickbed were shared amongst netizens.

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But this love story took a shocking turn when Lin miraculously regained consciousness in May 2015. Lin’s family was overjoyed with her recovery, but they were then hit with a dark and terrifying truth; Lin’s ‘accident’ was a hard blow to the head by her boyfriend, Liu Fenghe.

The true story behind Lin’s injury has now been exposed by Chinese media, shocking Weibo’s netizens. Media report how Lin and Liu opened a bakery together shortly after they met. On the August 29th 2014, Lin accidentally burned twenty loaves. This supposedly made Liu so angry that he grabbed a large rolling pin and struck Lin hard in the back of her head. The blow left Lin seriously injured with blood coming from her ear, and she fell to the floor. According to Chinese media, Liu then called an ambulance, saying that Lin “fell over in the bakery”.

Lin Yingying also revealed that this was but one of many occasions where her boyfriend had beaten her. Liu Fenghe had previously punched Lin in the chest for playing a mobile game he didn’t like. Although Lin initially resisted Liu’s violence, she gradually came to endure his abuse in silence, fearing her parents’ reaction if they discovered her injuries.

Since Lin revealed her horrific experience, Liu Fenghe and his mother have been on the run. According to Tencent News, Lin’s father responded to the news with shock and commented: “As a person, you need to have a conscience. Why was he so cruel to my daughter? If he was the one who beat her, he should have admitted doing it.”

The news was shared on Weibo by many different media outlets, such as Legal Evening News, using the hashtag #Story Plot Twist (#剧情大反转#) Netizens reacted with outrage: “Nearly killing your girlfriend for burning bread? What kind of a monster is he?”

Another user commented: “The girl’s family should have called the police. I can’t believe they went all this time without knowing the truth.”

Other netizens called for Liu to be punished: “It’s time to carry out our domestic violence law.”

China’s very first law targeting domestic violence took effect at the beginning of this month, with the landmark legislation covering married couples and co-habiting couples, and including both physical and psychological abuse.

About a quarter of all Chinese women suffer domestic abuse during marriage, only 40,000 to 50,000 reports were approximately made each year, the Guardian reports. Like Lin Yingying, many victims remain silent to avoid bringing shame upon the family.

With domestic violence now formally being recognized in Chinese legislation, Weibo’s netizens express their hope that Liu, along with other perpetrators of domestic violence in China, will finally receive their just punishment.

By Anna Xue

Photos from news.qq.com

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Anna is a UK-based writer and translator who spent her early years in northeast China. She has a passion for the social stories unique to China and is fascinated by historical issues unfolding over the stage of Chinese social media.

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‘Welcome Home, Molly’ – Chinese Zoo Elephant Returns to Kunming after Online Protest

One small step for animal protection in China, one giant leap for Molly the elephant.

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Following online protest and the efforts of animal activists, Molly has returned to the Kunming Zoo where she was born and where mother elephant Mopo is.

The little elephant named Molly is a big topic of discussion on Chinese social media recently.

The popular Asian elephant, born in the Kunming Zoo in 2016, was separated from her mother at the age of two in April of 2018. Molly was then transferred from Kunming Zoo to Qinyang, Jiaozuo (Henan), in exchange for another elephant. Over the past few years, fans of Molly started voicing their concerns online as the elephant was trained to do tricks and performances and to carry around tourists on her back at the Qinyang Swan Lake Ecological Garden (沁阳天鹅湖生态园), the Qinyang Hesheng Forest Zoo (沁阳和生森林动物园), the Jiaozuo Forestry Zoo (焦作森林动物园), and the Zhoukou Safari Park (周口野生动物世界).

Since the summer of 2021, more people started speaking out for Molly’s welfare when they spotted the elephant chained up and seemingly unhappy, forced to do handstands or play harmonica, with Molly’s handlers using iron hooks to coerce her into performing.

Earlier this month, Molly became a big topic on Chinese social media again due to various big accounts on Xiaohongshu and Weibo posting about the ‘Save Molly’ campaign and calling for an elephant performance ban in China (read more).

Although zookeepers denied any animal abuse and previously stated that the elephant is kept in good living conditions and that animal performances are no longer taking place, Molly’s story saw an unexpected turn this week. Thanks to the efforts of online netizens, Molly fans, and animal welfare activists, Molly was removed from Qinyang.

A popular edited image of Molly that has been shared a lot online.

On May 15, the Henan Forestry Bureau – which regulates the holding of all exotic species, including those in city zoos – announced that Molly would return to Kunming in order to provide “better living circumstances” for the elephant. A day later, on Monday, Molly left Qinyang and returned to the Kunming Zoo where she was born. In Kunming, Molly will first receive a thorough health check during the observation period.

Official announcement regarding Molly by the Henan Forestry Administration.

Many online commenters were happy to see Molly returning home. “Finally! This is great news,” many wrote, with others saying: “Please be good to her” and “Finally, after four years of hardship, Molly will be reunited with her mother.”

Besides regular Weibo accounts celebrating Molly’s return to Kunming, various Chinese state media accounts and official accounts (e.g. the Liaocheng Communist Youth League) also posted about Molly’s case and wished her a warm welcome and good wishes. One Weibo post on the matter by China News received over 76,000 likes on Monday.

Although many view the effective online ‘Save Molly’ campaign as an important milestone for animal welfare in China, some animal activists remind others that there are still other elephants in Chinese zoos who need help and better wildlife protection laws. Among them are the elephant Kamuli (卡目里) and two others who are still left in Qinyang.

For years, animal welfare activists in China and in other countries have been calling for Chinese animal protection laws. China does have wildlife protection laws, but they are often conflicting and do not apply to pets and there is no clear anti-animal abuse law.

“I’ll continue to follow this. What are the next arrangements? What is the plan for Molly and the other elephants? How will you guarantee a safe and proper living environment?”

Another Weibo user writes: “This is just a first step, there is much more to be done.”

To follow more updates regarding Molly, check out Twitter user ‘Diving Paddler’ here. We thank them for their contributions to this article.

To read more about zoos and wildlife parks causing online commotion in China, check our articles here.

By Manya Koetse

References (other sources linked to within text)

Arcus Foundation (Ed.). 2021. State of the Apes: Killing, Capture, Trade and Ape Conservation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

China Daily. 2012. “Animal Rights Groups Seek Performance Ban.” China Daily, April 16 http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2012-04/16/content_25152066.htm [Accessed May 1 2022].

Li, Peter J. 2021. Animal Welfare in China: Culture, Politics and Crisis. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

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Shanghai ‘Dead Man’ Taken Away to Morgue, Found to Be Alive

An incident in which a man taken to a morgue turned out to be alive doesn’t really help to restore residents’ trust in Shanghai.

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An incident in which a Shanghai man, who was thought to be dead, was taken to a funeral home before he was found to be alive has become a big topic on Chinese social media.

The incident happened on the afternoon of May 1st at the Shanghai Xinchangzheng Nursing Home (上海新长征福利院) in the city’s Putuo District.

A video of the incident went viral on Chinese social media in which a body bag can be seen put into a vehicle by three people, two members of staff from the nursing home and one funeral home worker. Shortly after, the body bag is taken out again and put back on a trolley. One of the nurses zips open the bag, pulls a cover from the man’s face, and apparently finds him to be alive.

“He’s alive,” one of the workers says in shock: “He’s alive, I saw it, he’s alive. Don’t cover him any more.”

The man is then transferred back into the nursing home, still inside the body bag.

The video that is making its rounds on social media was filmed from two different angles, the person filming can be heard calling the incident “a disgrace for human life” and “irresponsible.”

On May 2nd, the Chinese state media outlet People’s Daily posted about the incident on Weibo, saying the city district is currently investigating the case. The man was hospitalized and his vital signs are stable.

Meanwhile, multiple people are held accountable for the incident. The head of the nursing home has been dismissed and will be further investigated, along with four district officials. The license of the doctor involved will also be revoked.

The Shanghai Xinchangzheng Nursing Home has also apologized for the incident (#上海一福利院就未死亡老人被拉走道歉#).

On social media, many people are angry about the incident, wondering why the old man was transported to the funeral home in the first place, and why the members of staff seemed to be indifferent after finding out he was still alive.

In the video, the member of staff standing next to the man can be seen covering the patient’s face again after finding out he is still alive, leaving the body bag zipped up. Many also see this as a cold and incomprehensible way to respond.

After weeks of online anger about the chaotic and sometimes inhumane way in which Shanghai authorities have been handling the Covid outbreak in the city, this incident seems to further lower the public’s trust in how patients and vulnerable residents are being treated.

“Shanghai is such a terrifying place!”, some on Weibo write.

“Just think about it,” one person responded: “This incident took place in one of China’s most prosperous cities and happened to be filmed. How much is happening in other cities that is not caught on camera? Today, it’s this man, in the future, it’s us.”

For more articles on the Covid-19 topics on Chinese social media, check here.

By Manya Koetse, with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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