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An American in China

China Historically Bereft of Empathy

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2013

Over 80 years ago Lu Xun had this to say about China, “In China, especially in the cities, if someone collapses from sudden illness, or if someone is hit by a car, lots of people will gather around, some will even take delight, but very few will be willing to extend a helping hand.”

I have read the same thing from travel reports to China from the 1840’s. This seems to be a characteristic of this country which has nothing to do with communism nor the cultural revolution.

quote from
The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China: Lu Xun

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