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Originally posted by iamlost at 2009-4-9 14:40
I don't think so.
It's one thing that people ( if you want to underline Chinese people) tend to be watchers instead of helpers. It's another when it comes to REAL help one could possibly offer on such a scene.
I don't deny those watching around have barely done anything helpful. But you can see obviously that they're settling everything, waiting for ambulance probably. Maybe it's our shame that the position as a traffic coordinater was taken by a foreigner. Is it a game of racing? or what? If he hadn't stood out, do you think there would be NO our people doing it? I don't think so~ I ...
I agree with you, Chinese people are not just cold, passive onlookers. THEY DO HELP and my personal experience in China attests to it that the Chinese people are helpful (sympathetic) and DO COME FORWARD if they know you are in trouble and are in need of help. I met a few rude Chinese in China but I met many, many who are simply great!
Of course, usually when something like this happens, it will attract crowds and onlookers wherever you are. But, there is really nothing much that the majority of the people can do in accidents where first aid needs to be rendered. Some "help" may turn disastrous if it is not rendered properly or correctly because we do not know the state and extent of the injury the person has suffered. A "wrong" move in the zealous act to help may even cost the person his life or life-long paralysis. What the Chinese guys did, comforting him and calling the ambulance and his family was right. The gweilo was right too in directing the traffic away from the scene. The onlookers, on the other hand, are not really doing nothing. They are helping to keep watch on the victim should his condition suddenly turn for the worse and alert his helpers.
But there is no need (for the writer) because of one GWEILO standing out to redirect the traffic (which he has to, or how else?) to criticise all the Chinese people as "indifferent" which, in fact, was not the case and discredit the reputation of the Chinese people and dampen their morale.
Has the writer ever stopped to question his / her own IGNORANCE?
[ Last edited by whampoa at 2009-4-10 12:49 AM ]