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13.10.2011 Incident

Wang Yue, also known as "Yue Yue" ("Little Joy"), was a two-year-old Chinese girl who was run over by two vehicles on the afternoon of 13 October, 2011, in a Foshan market street (Guangdong, China). She lay bleeding on the street for more than seven minutes, ignored by many passersby until an elderly woman named Chen Xianmei moved her from the centre of the street and sought assistance, shortly before the child's mother arrived and sent her to hospital for treatment. The child succumbed to her injuries and died eight days later on 21 October. The CCTV recording of the incident was subsequently uploaded onto the Internet, and caused widespread concern around the world.

Wang Wue about to be run down by van

Wang Yue moments before being hit by a white van.

Qu Feifei and Chen Xianmei

Qu Feifei and Chen Xianmei meet in hospital.

Chen Xianmei

Chen Xianmei recognized by local officials.

Wang Yue had wandered away from her home while her mother was collecting laundry during a thunderstorm, and had walked into a narrow, busy market street. A security camera captured the child in the street as a slow moving van ran over her with a front wheel. The van driver paused, but did not get out. After a moment, he drove on, a rear wheel crushing her. Eighteen people subsequently failed to assist her, some pausing to stare before moving on. A faster moving truck also ran over her legs without stopping. She was eventually helped by a recycler, Chen Xianmei. Wang's parents, Wang Chichang and Qu Feifei, chose not to blame anyone besides themselves for their daughter's death. Ms Qu reportedly said "Granny Chen represents the best of human nature, it's the nicest and most natural side of us." The drivers of both vehicles were detained by police in the days after the incident.

Closed-circuit footage of the incident was broadcast by a local television station, then posted online. The footage sparked worldwide news reports and triggered dozens of editorials and millions of posts on social media sites, the majority criticizing the passersby who failed to help Wang Yue. Previously, there have been incidents in China, such as the Peng Yu incident in 2006, where Good Samaritans who helped people injured in accidents were accused of having injured the victim. Some commentators believe this may have caused people to fear getting in trouble for doing the right thing, thus failed to help. The Communist Party Chief of the Guangdong province, Wang Yang, called the incident "a wake-up call for everybody." The Sina Weibo website attracted more than 4.5 million posts on the incident within a few days, and launched a "stop apathy" campaign online. There are also reports that some of the 18 people identified in the camera footage have received harassment, threats, and crank calls since the news broke.

According to China Daily, "At least 10 Party and government departments and organizations in Guangdong, including the province's commission on politics and law, the women's federation, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Communist Youth League, have started discussions on punishing those who refuse to help people who clearly need it." Officials of Guangdong province, along with lawyers and social workers, held three days of meetings in the provincial capital of Guangzhou to discuss the case. It was reported that lawmakers of the province are drafting a "Good Samaritan" law, which would "penalize people who fail to help in a situation of this type and indemnify them from lawsuits if their efforts are in vain." Legal experts and the public are debating the idea ahead of discussions and a legislative push.

While much attention was focused on the passersby who failed to assist Wang Yue, British journalist Malcolm Moore interviewed shopkeepers in the Foshan hardware market who were just metres away yet failed to respond. Moore found a very insular community comprising mainly internal migrant families (Wang Yue's parents had migrated from Shandong seven years earlier). In Moore's view, there was little sense of community and little in common there. One resident noted, "It is quite sad that we don't really talk to each other."

Wang Wue with her mother

 Wang Yue with her mother.

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 must first put the nation right;
 to put the nation right, we
 must first put the family right;
 to put the family right, we must
 first cultivate our personal life;
 we must first set our hearts

- Confucius

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