Contrary to popular belief amongst our commenters, we at Shanghaiist don’t go out of our way to report on negative news stories, rather we are a reflection of the wider media culture. We’re happy therefore when we get to write about uplifting things like this story of a woman who collapsed on a bus in Guangzhou.
Bucking the stereotype, largely created and fuelled by the media, of Chinese people standing by while someone is in distress, passengers on a bus in Guangzhou rushed to the aid of a 23-year-old woman who collapsed on the crowded vehicle. The passengers then agreed to let the driver take the bus to the emergency ward of the 458 People’s Liberation Hospital.
The woman’s family thanked the driver and passengers for inconveniencing themselves to help her. The driver praised the “warm-heartedness” of the passengers, a doctor from the hospital also praised them, and the passengers praised themselves.
Only the most cynical person thinks that the Chinese people are any less altruistic than anyone else. The horrific Yue Yue incident, in which a toddler struck by a car was ignored and left to die by passers-by in Foshan last year, was influenced by numerous societal issues far more complicated that a simple cold-hearted selfishness that many commentators, both Chinese and foreign, tried to claim was the cause.
It is an unfortunate flaw of modern journalism, one in which we are certainly complicit, that negative stories tend to be over-reported while positive or neutral stories are overlooked.
[Via: The Nanfang]