Chinese Teen Earthquake Rant

23 May

The Chinese government gave Chinese citizens the opportunity to share their thoughts on the earthquake and send their condolences to the victims. This girl made some very controversial and rude remarks about the earthquake and its victims. Now the biggest video on Youtube this week is of this Chinese teen girl, Jun Ya (?!?!), ranting about how all the people in the Sichuan earthquake are pathetic and the media should just shut up and get over it.

Jun Ya is in jail now, supposedly for her own protection. She’d likely be lynched on sight if she bumped into one of the many infuriated viewers of this footage.

Knowing zero Chinese, I’ve tried to piece this together from sparse English comments and response videos, like the ones shown below.

She’s a bored teenager without a clue. Her life has been interrupted for something she feels no connection with. Her favorite TV show was probably preempted for the news. Overexposure to the constant outpour of media attention has left her jaded. She’s been forced into mourning even though she feels no sorrow. She feels those people deserved what they got and the world shouldn’t be rushing to help them.

Now a few million people have seen this video and a bunch of people want to kill her.

Freedom of speech doesn’t exist in China! Even if you truly feel nothing for the victims, you should at least either play it up to save face or keep your mouth shut. She just let it fly in a society where that’s not an option.

In my opinion, what they should do now is take her down to Sichuan and show her the reality of the situation. It’s not just pictures and video! There are real people down there struggling to survive. They’re not leeches. The life they knew is completely gone and the place will never be the same again.

Force her to volunteer to help the victims to redeem herself in the eyes of the Chinese who think she has embarrassed the country in the eyes of the world.


Gapmatt helped me understand what was going on here:

For further explanation (not sure how accurate), check out My Rice Girl‘s English interpretation (actually I recommend any of her videos, she’s amazing! off the wall!) She cracks up a bit, but that’s because some of what the girl says is preposterous:

Part 2:

I agree. As I said I wouldn’t speak so freely if I were in China. I wonder what the fallout from this will be? A lot of response videos are showing up from angry Chinese and the public demands action. Will we hear any more about it? Will they quietly off her? or exile her?


What would the backlash be if this same thing occurred in Korea?!?!?

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Posted by on May 23, 2008 in Seoul Days


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One response to “Chinese Teen Earthquake Rant

  1. dreamburo

    May 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    What a horrible irony! Unfortunately, as you say, lack of freedom of speech means that people’s range of expression becomes confined into stereotypes and extreme positions, with little room for nuance and subtlety. Having said that, spoilt brattery has become an art in most consumer economies, anyway, and examples of her attitude could easily be found in any Western country. This girl, whatever you think of her personally, at least had the fluency of the stereotype of the gangsta rapper who pours out stuff about shooting people and calls women bitches. I even wondered if she is a sort of Ali G. I think that’s what she thought she was doing. The speech has a kind of rap feel to it. What is much more ironic for me is the Chinese guy’s reaction. In English he sounds very reasonable and calm; almost sweet and cuddly. In Chinese he says she is a brainless idiot who should die and that she should go f*** her mother. Another example of the polarisations you get when public opinion still seems to draw on the style of utterance to which people were reduced in the Cultural Revolution. My personal feeling is that there was a richness of utterance in public before that time (eg, traditional opera performances, street cries and chants, teahouse talk etc) which has since been lost.


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