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Dashboard Video: Kid Falls From Car on Freeway

ng dashboard video has attracted the attention of China’s netizens. The video shows how a toddler falls from the back of a minibus that is waiting for the traffic lights.

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A shocking dashboard video has attracted the attention of China’s netizens. The video shows how a 2-year-old child falls from the back of a minibus that is waiting for the traffic lights. The video reminds of other videos that have captured parent’s neglect in dangerous traffic scenes.

A video that shows how a toddler falls from the back of a minivan as it is waiting for traffic lights has gone viral on Chinese social media. The footage shows how the infant is left in the middle of the busy freeway as the car drives off. The scene was captured by a dashboard camera and became trending topic on Sina Weibo under the hashtag “Your kid has fallen” (#你的孩子掉了#).


The footage that shows an infant falling from the back of a minivan on a busy road has gone viral on Chinese social media

According to CCTV, the accident happened in China’s Wujiang, Jiangsu province. The video exposes how the person next to the driver, in the car that captured the footage, immediately steps out to rescue the child. CCTV reports that the drivers of the minivan only discovered the child was missing after it was rescued. When the rescuers chased after the minivan to return the child, they finally turned around to look for the infant.

The video attracted thousand of comments from Weibo netizens. One netizen writes: “What a clever child this is – its first reaction is to chase the car instead of crying. Those parents are so careless, they don’t even have a child seat!”

“Thank god for the other car and that nothing happened,” one other netizen says: “But this will have a great impact on this child for that one single moment it thinks its parents do not want it anymore.”

CCTV later reported on its official Weibo account that the woman who rescued the child is a warehouse manager named Du Xiuli, who reportedly said that “every mother would have done the same” about her stepping out into the busy road to save the infant. Pictures show the woman meeting with the infant’s caregivers, and her getting rewarded for her selfless act.

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In 2011, shocking footage exposed how a 2-year-old girl in Foshan was run over by two vehicles as people and cars passed by without helping her. Many people saw the death of the girl, named Wang Yue, as indicative of a growing apathy in contemporary Chinese society.

About this case in Jiangsu, that luckily ended without anyone getting hurt, some netizens say: “It might not seem like a big thing, but this is encouraging and helps to create an overall better atmosphere in society.”

Besides praising the persons who saved the child, many netizens also call for people using safety seats for children in their car.

– 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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Children of Hubei Medical Workers to Receive 10 Extra Points on High School Enrolment Examination

Hubei officials announced a controversial measure to reward frontline medical workers.

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Hubei authorities announced new measures on Tuesday to encourage and support the work of Hubei’s front-line medical workers during the coronavirus crisis.

One of these measures, rewarding the children of medical staff an extra ten points in their zhongkao examination, became a somewhat controversial top trending topic on Chinese social media today.

The zhongkao is an important academic examination in China taken during the last year of junior high school, right before entering education institutions at the senior high school level. These enrollment examinations are held annually in June or July, depending on the region.

A good mark on the exam is of crucial importance for many students, as it will give them admission to their preferred senior high school, which then could have more profound effects on their education after high school and their further career.

According to the new policy, children of Hubei’s medical workers would be rewarded with ten extra points on top of their overall score for the exams if they take it. Since the exams are highly competitive, every extra point could mean a world of difference since it will mean leaving hundreds of other students behind you.

On Weibo, one announcement of the new measure published by Chinese news source The Paper received over 938.000 likes and more than 11.000 comments. Many Weibo users do not agree with the policy.

“It should be the medical workers themselves who are rewarded through promotion or a salary increase,” a top comment says: “It shouldn’t be their children who are rewarded.”

Although a majority of commenters say that medical workers should be given special rewards in these times of hardships, most also agree that rewarding their children in their exam results is not the way to go. “This only makes the exam system more unfair,” a recurring comment says.

With 610 million views at the time of writing, the hashtag “The kids of Hubei frontline medical staff will get extra 10 points on zhongkao score” (#湖北一线医务人员子女中考加10分#) is one of the most-dicussed topics on Weibo of the day.

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Sudden Ground Collapse at Metro Station in Xiamen

A sudden collapse occurred near Xiamen’s Lucuo station, just two weeks after a similar incident took place in Guangzhou.

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In the evening of December 12, Xiamen’s Lvcuo (Lǚcuò 吕厝) metro station became a breaking news topic in Chinese media after a ground collapse incident occurred at a nearby intersection, followed by a major flood in the Xiamen subway.

Xiamen, Fujian Province, is one of China’s major coastal cities. According to Xiamen Metro News, the collapse happened at 21:52 local time.

At time of writing, rescue teams are still investigating the scene. It is unclear if people have been trapped or injured due to the collapse.

An apparent dashcam video shared by Sina News and People’s Daily on Weibo shows the moment right before the sudden collapse.

The video captures how the road is relatively busy at the time of collapsing, and at least one car can be seen crashing into the sinkhole.

Other footage shows that the Xiamen metro line is currently flooded (also see video in this tweet).

The scene of the collapse at 0:10 local time.

The metro station where this incident occurred is relatively new. Xiamen’s metro line was first opened in late December 2017.

Just two weeks ago, another major ground collapse accident occurred at the construction site of a metro line in Guangzhou. Three people remain missing after the incident.

On Thursday night local time, the Xiamen metro collapse was the number one trending topic on social media platform Weibo. Many netizens commenting on the incident express worries about the safety of roads and construction sites in China.

Update (Dec 13): According to the latest Chinese media reports, the drivers of two cars who were at the scene at the moment of the ground collapse have both been recused. One female pedestrian who also fell into the sinkhole is receiving medical treatment..

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