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Woman Cuts Through Village Network Cables for Better Feng Shui, Leaves 8000 Households Without Internet

A woman in Anyang was so focused on her home’s feng shui that she cut through eight cables near her house, leaving 8000 households without internet.

Manya Koetse

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A woman in Anyang, China, was so focused on her home’s feng shui recently that she cut through eight cables near her house, leaving 8000 households without internet.

A woman in Tongye town in Anyang, Henan, recently cut through eight optical cables that were crucial to the village’s communication network, leaving 8000 households without phone and internet for a day.

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Chinese news magazine The Observer (@观察者网) reported on Weibo that the woman named Mrs. Cheng cut through the cables intentionally to improve her home’s ‘feng shui’ (风水).

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese doctrine that focuses on harmony and balance. It helps organize one’s home or office based on its principles to keep negative energy away. The prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields, for example, is believed to have a negative influence on people’s health – which might have been the reason the woman cut through the village optic cables.

“According to her thinking, these cables are bad for the brain,” one netizen responded: “Perhaps it’s better if she moves to the mountains.”

“This shows how important education is,” others say.

“What a cruel woman,” someone else writes: “In the present-day era, you can cut off anything, but don’t cut off our wifi!”

Various Chinese media report that the woman will be sued for vandalizing public property. “At least her feng shui will be very different in prison,” one commenter writes on Weibo.

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    FengShuiBalanz

    August 12, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Maybe the old lady should worry more about the big High Voltage Power right behind her house. This will definitely radiate much more EMF waves towards her house a some small wires. This seems that the Feng Shui remedies are taken out of context and taken too far. Feng Shui is the ancient way to stay in balance, but this should also include common sense. It would not be even efficient if a person stresses out to have the Feng Shui. A huge part in ones destiny is the so called “Man-Luck” which is the personal decision making that needs to be worried about. Feng Shui is only 33% of our luck, Man-Luck is 33% and the rest is based on our Heaven Luck (Destiny). The best is to have some have some common knowledge about Feng Shui Tips and how to apply them in a sufficient way.

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    Sunisa

    January 24, 2020 at 8:55 am

    I totally agree with the above comment. It is very selfish just to go ahead and cut some smaller cables and think it will improve her Feng Shui inside the home. I am pretty sure, if she so much worries about this and her house would be in perfect shape with all the cures and enhancers, these wires would not cause any major harm to her. If indeed, she got sick for some reason, I am sure the big electric tower behind her house is to blame as it transmits such intense negative energy in an area of 1 km around it, this would most likely be the cause for any problems inside her home. I hope she will learn and pays a high bill to fix the damage. I cannot point out to always follow basic Feng Shui Tips and common sense with it to live a happy, balanced and peaceful life.

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Online Anger over “Special Treatment” for Quarantined Foreigners in China

Are foreigners in quarantine being treated better than Chinese nationals? This Nanjing Daily article has triggered controversy.

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On March 27, an article titled “For the Good Health of 684 Foreigners” (“为了684个“老外”的安康”) sparked controversy online over the alleged special treatment of foreign nationals during their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

According to the article published by Nanjing Daily, Nanjing’s Xianlin Subdistrict set up a special WeChat group for foreign nationals and their families returning to the city after the Spring Festival holiday, which coincided with the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

In special WeChat groups, subdistrict officers, doctors, translators, and property managers provide assistance and daily services to these China-based foreigners. Examples of such “daily services” include delivering fresh bread or contacting pet boarding facilities.

“One young man loved online shopping on Taobao, and once we delivered twenty packages for him within one day,” one member of the service group told Nanjing Daily.

Although foreign residents in China and foreigners with previously issued visas are currently no longer allowed to enter China, they needed to undergo a two-week quarantine period upon entry until the travel ban of a few days ago.

Jiangsu Province, of which Nanjing is the capital, tightened quarantine rules on March 23, making every traveler from abroad subject to a centralized quarantine (e.g. in a hotel) for fourteen days.

The special services for returning foreigners reported by Nanjing Daily triggered controversy on Chinese social media this week. Many netizens criticized it as a “supra-nationals treatment” (超国民待遇).

Under one Weibo post by media outlet The Cover (@封面新闻), which received over one million views, many people are criticizing local officers’ favorable treatment of foreigners. One commenter writes: “Will they provide the same comprehensive services to their compatriots?”

Another person writes: “Why don’t they also adhere to the slogan of ‘Serve the People’ (..) when dealing with Chinese citizens?”

In discussing the supposed inequality between the treatment of foreigners and Chinese nationals in quarantine, many netizens raise a recent example of a quarantined Chinese student who asked the civil police staff for mineral water. In a video that circulated online in mid-March, the girl quarrels with the police for not being offered mineral water. The student, demanding mineral water over the available boiled tap water, was ridiculed for suggesting that having mineral spring water is a “human right.”

Ironically, the Nanjing Daily article explicitly mentions how the Xianlin Subdistrict deals with foreigners drinking purified water: “[This] Laowai [foreigner] wants to drink bottled purified water, [so] we bought four barrels for him (..) and carried them from the community gate to his apartment.”

The contrast in treatment of quarantined foreigners versus Chinese nationals prompted some Weibo users to reflect on their previous remarks on the female student: “I apologize for previously mocking the Chinese student at the quarantine center in Pudong, Shanghai, for demanding to drink mineral water,” one commenter writes.

In response to the online controversy, the office of the Xianlin Subdistrict clarified that Chinese nationals would receive “similar services” during their quarantine period. Some netizens question what these alleged “similar services” exactly entail.

In another media report, the official reply was that “the Subdistrict treats Chinese and foreign citizens the same.”

Over recent years, there have been many online controversies on the issue of privilege in China. Earlier this year, there was public outrage over two women driving a Benz SUV into the Palace Museum, where cars are usually not allowed.

The issue of the perceived privileges of foreigners in China has particularly triggered anger among netizens. The “preferential treatment” of overseas students and the “dorm disparities” between Chinese and foreign students in China, for example, previously became major topics of online discussion.

A popular WeChat article that comments on the Nanjing controversy of this week also lists examples of special treatment for foreigners, including cases where foreigners were not fined when breaking rules in China or being “treated better” in other ways. By now, the article has received over 100,000 views.

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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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