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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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Chinese Student Forced to Undergo “Fake Surgery” and Borrow Money While Lying on the Operating Table

The 17-year-old girl from Shaanxi underwent surgery for no reason at all, without her parents’ consent.

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The story of a 17-year-old girl who was forced to undergo a “fake surgery” at Shaanxi’s Ankang Xing’an Hospital has gone viral on Chinese social media.

One of the netizens to break the story on social media is the Weibo user @QinguanSihai (@秦观四海, 90,000+ followers), who posted about the incident on October 6.

According to the post, the incident occurred on October 4 when a young woman named Lu went online to seek medical attention because she was not feeling well. Since there was an available spot for a medical consultation at the private Ankang Xing’an Hospital, Lu went to see a doctor there.

While she was at the hospital in the city of Ankang, the woman allegedly was directly taken to the operating room and placed on the operating table after a short consultation; not for a medical examination, but for surgery.

The girl initially thought she was undergoing a routine medical check. As the surgery was already underway, the doctor stopped to let Lu sign some papers and then asked her if she could gather the money to pay for her medical procedure. When Lu protested and demanded to get off the surgery table, the doctor warned her that she was losing blood and that interrupting the procedure would be life-threatening.

Lying on the operating table, Lu called some of her friends to gather the money, all the while being pressured by the doctor that the money she had (1200 yuan/$185) was not enough to cover for the costs of surgery – which was still ongoing. The doctor allegedly even told Lu to get more money via the Alipay ‘Huabei’ loaning app.

Lu’s parents, who were contacted by concerned friends, soon showed up at the hospital as the doctor hastily ended the surgery. The parents, who were furious to discover their underage daughter had undergone a medical procedure without their consent, became even more upset when they later found out that Lu had undergone surgery to remove cervical polyps, while Lu’s medical reports showed that she actually had no cervical polyps at all. No reason could be found for their healthy daughter to have been operated on her cervix.

After Lu’s story went viral on social media, local authorities quickly started an investigation into the matter and soon confirmed that the story was real. An initial statement said that Angkang Xing’an Hospital is at fault for performing surgery on a minor without the consent of a guardian or parent. It was also recognized that the hospital has committed serious ethical violations. The hospital, located on 78 Bashan Middle Road (巴山中路), is now temporarily closed, and the doctor in question has since been fired.

Many Chinese netizens are angered about the incident, calling private hospitals such as Ankang Xing’an a “disgrace” to China’s healthcare industry.

This is by no means the first time that malpractices at Chinese local hospitals or clinics trigger online controversy. Various incidents that previously went viral show how some clinics put commercial interests above the health of their patients, and how some doctors think they can get away with abusing and scamming their patients.

In 2016, the death of the 21-year-old cancer patient Wei Zexi (魏则西) sparked online outrage. Wei Zexi, who shared his medical experiences on social media, spent 200,000 RMB to receive contested form of immunotherapy at the Beijing Armed Police Corps No. 2 Hospital (武警二院). The treatment, that was promoted on China’s leading search engine Baidu, was actually completely ineffective and the advertising for it was false.

By now, one hashtag relating to the Ankang incident has received over 270 million views on Weibo (#官方通报无病女生被推上手术台#), with other relating hashtags also circulating on social media (#家属回应无病女学生被迫手术#, #无病女学生被推上手术台涉事医院停业整顿#).

“This can’t be a real hospital, right?!” some worried netizens write, with others expressing the hopes that the medical institution will be severely punished for their wrongdoings.

By Manya Koetse

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Humans Fight at Beijing Wildlife Park, “Setting the Wrong Example” for the Animals

When the humans started fighting at this Beijing zoo, the animals followed suit.

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A fight between visitors of the Beijing Wildlife Park has gone viral on Chinese social media. The altercation happened on the afternoon of August 7 at the Wildlife Park in the Daxing District.

According to the WeChat account of the Beijing Wildlife Park, the fight erupted after two visitors had a dispute over something trivial. Their clash initially was only a verbal one, but soon turned physical.

A video of the incident published on Weibo by Beijing Life (@北京生活) shows that at least six people were involved in the fight, which included hair pulling, kicking, tearing clothes, and slapping. Even the people who were already lying on the ground still continued wrestling and kicking.

Not just children stood by during the altercation, many animals also witnessed the dramatic fight. Some netizens said the incident took place near the gorilla area.

Although local security guards were able to calm the fighting parties down and settle the matter, the violent altercation allegedly had some unexpected consequences.

According to the park statement (#园方回应动物效仿游客打架#), this was the first time for the park animals to witness such a fight between humans. For some animals, the event apparently left such an impression that they also started fighting together that same night.

The Beijing Wildlife conveyed how the humans had set a bad example for the animals, writing that the animals imitated them and that their fighting was “out of control.”

The park also writes that zookeepers stepped in, letting the animals know that “fighting is bad”, “really bad.”

By Manya Koetse (@manyapan) and Miranda Barnes

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