By Tom Bannister
It has emerged that the man famously photographed peeing from the window of a Xiamen bus, is actually a multi-talented, autistic 14-year old.
The much-circulated photo was posted on Weibo several weeks ago and generated much criticism and moral soul-searching amongst netizens. Public-transport peeing incidents have become notorious in China as the transport network expands and all segments of society interact in confined spaces.
The figure at the centre of the Xiamen incident became known as ‘pee-brother’ (撒尿哥) and was criticised for being ‘low suzhi‘ (low quality) and labelled, amongst many other things, a ‘wild person who has come down from the mountains’.
It has now been revealed that ‘pee-brother’ is in fact Xiaolong, an autistic 14-year old who can play grade 10 piano.
His parents were understandably mortified by their son’s public notoriety but said that due to his severe autism he himself does not fully comprehend his mother’s tears over the incident, nor the fact that she now accompanies him on the bus wherever he goes.
Xiaolong is a self-taught piano player described as a ‘genius’ by his school music teacher. He is also a gifted composer and is superb at mental arithmetic and memorisation.
Xiaolong struggles to interact socially and his parents said that this was no doubt the root cause of the bus-peeing incident. These revelations have shocked those that automatically equated peeing on public transport with ‘low suzhi’ and ‘moral vacuum’. Netizen @壹凡殿童装 commented “Ah, I didn’t think it would end like this! Contrary to what we first thought, now we can understand! However even autistic children can open doors on their own!”. @世华卢惠萍 said “The government and society needs to pay attention to those with autism”, whilst @小並木快到碗里来 commented “I thought he was at least 30!”