Chinese authorities have suspended ateacher after she was recorded berating her students for not providing teacherswith gifts.
Many parents in China's hypercompetitive schoolingsystem use gifts to try to buy influence.
The teacher, Feng Qunchao in NortheastChina's Heilongjiangprovince, harangued the high school students throughout the class.
"You don't take this seriously,huh?" she says, according to an audio tape. "Can't afford two or fourdollars? You guys are a bunch of trash! A bunch of dog lungs,"she adds, using a Chinese insult.
Afterward, the students pooled $100 to buypresents. Feng, though, did not know a student had recorded her tirade. Theaudio went viral in Chinaand has been heard by millions. The gifts have been returned to the families ofthe students.
Plebus • 3 hours ago
The common practice of "gifting"in Chinais a medieval tradition which really has no place in modern society. Gifting inthe Chinese manner has another name in the Western world: "bribery"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
Its primary purpose is to alter orinfluence the behavior of the recipient.
Perhaps we should discuss U.S. politicalcampaign donations at this point. Maybe our Supreme Court Justices should haveactually referred to Black's Law Dictionary before they made the CitizensUnited ruling--or perhaps they had received some special gifts too. One canonly wonder.
zacharycat • 5 hours ago
BG123 • 5 hours ago
I wonder if party leaders in China dothis--that is demand gifts, in exchange for favors.
MingTheMerciless BG123 • 5 hours ago
sure they do - Bob McDonnell
Mandor BG123 • 5 hours ago
Ah but it's not what she did that causesthe party leaders to use her as a scapegoat... only that she got *caught*.
Perhaps in time, some of this culture willchange, but corruption is rampant now.
BG123 Mandor • 4 hours ago
That's what I thought.
funbobby51 • 7 hours ago
receiving an unsolicited gift from astudent is one of the most heartwarming things that can happen to a teacher, ifshe had to ask she was doing something wrong.
funbobby51 • 7 hours ago
thank God in America most of the students canafford more than $2-4 for their teachers
AbbiBaily • 7 hours ago
Thank goodness for video cameras. Andpeople quick witted enough to use them!
A3Kr0n • 8 hours ago
the Chinese throw away the lungs whencooking dog.
LonnieVeal • 8 hours ago
'A Bunch of Dog Lungs'?
That has got to be the most OBSCURE epithetI've ever read. Probably has more 'zing' in chinese...but why it this a curse?
Plebus LonnieVeal • 3 hours ago
Similar to "schmuck" Iimagine--except without the reference to nether-regions.
ScottBercaw • 11 hours ago
Much of the world doesn't share our idealof ethics around bribing and "gifts". For example, I know that, whenhired, providing a gift to your manager worth two years' pay is expected in apart of India.