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14-Year-Old Murder Case Becomes Trending: Chinese PhD Students Hacked to Death by Father over Money

A 2002 Shandong murder case where a father murdered his own daughter and her husband has been brought back to public attention after Chinese writer Chen Lan (陈岚) wrote about it in a recent blog titled ‘Daughter or slave?’

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A 2002 Shandong murder case where a father murdered his own daughter and her husband has been brought back to public attention after Chinese writer Chen Lan (陈岚) wrote about it in a recent blog titled ‘Daughter or slave?’

A gruesome 10-year-old murder case has become the talk of the day on Chinese social media after it was mentioned by writer Chen Lan (陈岚) in a Weibo blog post about daughters being treated as slaves.

Zhao Qingxiang (赵庆香) was a PhD student at an American university who was visiting family in her hometown village in China’s Shandong province together with her husband Wei Tao (魏涛) in 2002. During the family visit, they were both hacked to death with an axe by Zhao’s father after an argument about money.

According to the Beijing Morning Post, Zhao and her husband were both hard-working and bright students. Although Zhao was struggling to fund her studies in America, she regularly sent money home to her family in rural China to help them build a house. Zhao and Tao had a child together that was raised by Tao’s parents.

As described by Chen Lan, Zhao’s father disagreed with Zhao’s academic career, and allegedly wanted her to get a job so she could buy a house in her hometown and care for her parents. He did not like her husband, who was also in academics and had two master degrees. Zhao’s only brother was epileptic and unmarried, and Zhao’s father wanted his daughter to move back to her hometown and take care of the family, but more importantly, to give him money to buy a house.

Zhao and her husband traveled from America to the small village in Shandong to visit Zhao’s parents when the discussion about money flared up again. Zhao allegedly explained to her father that she and her husband were in a difficult financial situation. They relied on scholarships and Tao’s parents for money, and were saving up to bring their child back with them to America. They had already sent Zhao’s father money many times, and even gave 1500 US$ during their trip this time.

But the money issue had the father in hysterics, and during the night of March 26, 2002, he came into his daughter’s bedroom with an axe. He first hacked into the forehead of his son-in-law and then killed his daughter the same way.

xinsrc_6550171ff5fe41eb8be2a63b3c500153Zhao’s father, picture from KdNet forum

When he was put on trial for the double murder, he allegedly stated he had “no regrets” about killing his daughter and her husband. He was later sentenced to death.

The news from 2002 has become a trending topic today, with thousands of netizens commenting on the case. As the writer who brought the news story to the surface again titled her blog post “Daughter or Slave?”, netizens mostly discuss the ill-fated role of the daughter, her ambitious career and the pressure she suffered from her family: “It’s really not easy for a village girl to become a doctor,” one netizen writes: “but her father did not agree with it. What a f*cked up tragedy.” “Killing a bright and promising young woman who is loyal to her parents because the son has epilepsy – what a rotten 5000-year-old culture, China.” “This is the situation in China,” one other netizen responds: “No respect for life and no respect for women.”

The original 2002 news story can be found on this Xinhua News page, that also shows the picture of the victims as featured in this article.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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One Dead, 17 Injured in Guangxi Kindergarten Knife Attack

News of a brutal kindergarten attack in Guangxi has shocked Chinese netizens.

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A brutal attack on a kindergarten in the city of Beiliu, Guangxi Province, has left at least one dead and 17 people injured. (Update April 29: Two victims have now passed away due to the attack.)

The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 28, when a man stormed into the school with a knife and started stabbing the pupils and teaching staff. The man attacked at least 16 children and 2 teachers. Blurred videos of the scene showed injured children in the playground area, some sitting up and some lying on the floor.

The 25-year-old man from Guangxi’s Guannan village was arrested shortly after the attack and his motives remain unknown at this time. One video on Weibo shows the man being taken away by police. Some online rumors (unconfirmed) suggested the man was going through a divorce and that his wife works at the kindergarten.

Local authorities in Beiliu and Yulin are calling on people to donate blood while the hospital is treating those who were injured in the attack. Images shared on Weibo showed people lining up to donate blood.

In June of 2020, a similar kindergarten attack left 39 children and staff injured.

On Weibo, the incident has become a trending topic, with many people expressing anger and sorrow over the attack.

“Is this another ‘mental disorder’ [case]?” (“又是精神病?”) many commenters write.

“This news really breaks my heart. Those poor children have done nothing wrong, they are innocent,” one person writes. Many others write that they hope the man will be severely punished. “He should be executed on the spot,” some say, with others writing: “Having a mental disorder is not an excuse.”

By Manya Koetse

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Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him

From bad to worse: this Eleme delivery man was run over by an ambulance after being hit by an SUV.

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On April 12, a delivery man in the city of Bozhou, Anhui province, was run over by an ambulance arriving at the scene of an accident where he had just been injured.

Shocking footage circulating on Chinese social media shows the delivery man lying in the middle of the road when the ambulance arrives and runs over his leg. The incident happened around 12:00 in the afternoon (link to video, viewer discretion advised).

While the delivery man already suffered injuries because he was hit by an SUV shortly before, things quickly went from bad to worse when the ambulance that was supposed to come to his rescue crushed his leg. The man is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Mengcheng county.

Statement on Weibo by the official Mengcheng county account (@蒙城发布).

According to recent news reports, the ambulance driver has currently been suspended and is under investigation.

The incident received a lot of attention on Weibo today, where the hashtag page discussing the double accident received over 150 million views (#外卖员被救护车二次碾压#).

Many comments relating to this incident are focused on the role of the traffic police at the scene of the accident, with people wondering why there was no guard standing next to the victim.

Thousands of commenters also address how sorry they feel for the victim, especially because the lives of many food delivery drivers – facing long working hours and low wages – is already tough enough.

According to Toutiao News (头条新闻), the delivery man works for Chinese food delivery giant Eleme. Wang Gang (王刚, alias) is approximately 30 years old and has a wife and a child. He had only been working for Eleme for a few months and reportedly did not have any prior accidents.

In Monday’s double accident, Wang suffered a mild skull fracture, seven broken ribs, and a fractured lower leg. He is in stable condition.

By Manya Koetse

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