The heroine in action. Photo by eye-witness Wang Ronggui via Shanghai Daily.
Our favourite newspaper Shanghai Daily reports:
HANGZHOU city government is to give Maria Fernanda, a Uruguayan woman who rescued a would-be suicide at the city’s West Lake, a “righteous award” to recognize her courage and benevolence, officials said yesterday.
The award will include 3,000 yuan (US$472), according to the Hangzhou Foundation for Justice and Courage. Officials said her act reflected the nature of Chinese people’s foreign friends, as well as traditional Chinese virtues.
It sure is a sad day for 5,000 years of Chinese culture when only laowais possess “traditional Chinese virtues”.