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After toddler is left to die, China disquieted
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Yueyue, a 2-year-old, moments before she is hit by a truck in Foshan City in China. (Credit: Chinasmack.com via Youku)
The video from Foshan City of Guangdong Province in China is unequivocal: A two-year-old is seen lying in a pool of blood on a market street having just been hit by a truck, which sped away after slowly running over her with its back wheels too, after which more than a dozen people walk around the toddler, none offering help.
The child, named Yue Yue, survived the accident, after a 56-year-old rag collector finally came to her rescue and dragged her out of the road, but not before a second truck hit the girl, according to China Daily. She is now, however, in rough shape - "brain dead," doctors say - and is unlikely to survive.
By itself, the video (WARNING: Graphic violence) has sparked worldwide news reports, and within China it has led to a serious discussion about public values.
The state-run news agency, Xinhua, writes: "High moral standards were once triumphed as national pride in China where individuals known for selflessly helping others were adored by the public. But in recent years, the perception of a decline of morals has become a hot topic as profit and materialism are perceived to be affecting society's values. On Sept. 2, an 88-year-old man in central China collapsed, his face striking the pavement. Yet, no one came to his aid, and he ended up choking to death on the blood from his nose."
According to many internet commentators, the relatively new tendency in China to ignore those in desperate need can be blamed on the "Nanjing judge."
Chinese news aggregator Chinasmack.com writes that phrase refers to "the 2006 case of a man named Peng Yu who helped a woman to the hospital after she had fallen only to have the old woman accuse him of knocking her down. The Nanjing judge in that case ultimately ruled that common sense dictated that only the person who hit her would take her to the hospital."
Several reports claim police have apprehended both drivers that ran over the girl and fled the scene. However, public anger seems to be mostly directed at the many who did nothing when helping was the only right moral call.

Joshua Norman
Joshua Norman is an associate editor at CBSNews.com.
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by nomorelibs October 20, 2011 10:35 AM EDT
This could have happened anywhere in the world. There are people like this in every society. Take care of your own, because others won't.
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by Tao_Yan October 20, 2011 9:22 AM EDT
As a person born and raised in Beijing, I am beyond appalled at the callous and outright psychopathic behavior of my fellow Chinese. We learned in school in great detail of the horrific atrocities against us by the Japanese, especially concerning the occupation and almost complete obliteration of the citizenry of Nanjing. However, we seem to be no better than those evil soldiers who committed those unspeakable acts generations ago. The world, including China, is truly fast becoming an irredeemable cesspool.
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by Philiperdude October 20, 2011 9:51 AM EDT
People shouldn't really judge other society as ignorant because you should remember one thing there's is always good people and bad people in every country the us and china government is a different story cause they always have political war with each other (not an actual war) this is just one incident really how many incidents us have like a lot and sure that docent mean there not gonna be a lot of incident in china oh yes there will be a lot of incident in china since it has the biggest population. Soon us will have the most population multiplying and more crimes and ignorance but us has a lot of good people to teach the society but china has less good people but the bad ones has probably good hearts tom teach the society would be hard so give it time and we will see what happens next
by sightminer-2009 October 19, 2011 11:33 PM EDT
My God! What little understanding I have of Chinese moral reasoning was just honed razor sharp! These people are evil, pure evil.
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by Philiperdude October 20, 2011 9:33 AM EDT
That's not true I bet they want to help except the fact they get for helping instead getting blamed the us society is the same with evil greedy people Suing people for money for no reason with us capital is about that i was watching a show how America ignored helping people and how America treat people died to racism not only that it's made by the us. So don't judge other countries before you get the whole idea even the Chinese government realized they needed to created a better public community and shared it to the world but those dudes in the trucks really deserves a whole life of jail times
by oldbreeds October 19, 2011 10:02 PM EDT
That is what you greedy money hungery people have made this world!
You do not care about anyone or anything! A human life is suppose to be more important than anything!
Not a peice of trash you just throw away and over look.

The First Driver in the white truck. I hope you die. How could you run over a child and just think Im stuck so so Im goona squeall my wheels into this child body and see how much more damage I can do. you need the same thing done to you!!!
To the driver of truck two Didnt you see something in the road. I also hope the same happens to you.
And to the people that just let a child lay their and die . You are worthless !! excuses for human beings I hope you never need help in your life. Because Many Many people will NEVER hselp you for being so selfish
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by mechinc60 October 19, 2011 8:33 PM EDT
IT GOES TO SHOW WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE THEY ARE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT TRUCK DRIVER WOULD SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON IF THE FAMILY OF THAT KID DIDN'T GET A HOLD OF HIM FIRST
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by Philiperdude October 19, 2011 7:51 PM EDT
Now adage as a Chinese American I get blamed for helping people for no reason like a discrimination but this in the Chinese society is just f***k up if that was my nephew or my little sis I would drag the guy out the vehicle and beat the crap out off him and still if it's a elderly woman even a little children at the age between 0-13 I would definite do something bad tohim even getting arrested by the communist law although china is changing now releasing that they need to help their people more often
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by johndevinejr October 19, 2011 12:21 PM EDT
This is not a new development in China. A good friend of mine worked in China as an Electrical Engineer more than a decade ago. He told me that he had seen elderly people trampled in train stations and on busy public staircases and on one occasion he protected an eldely woman from being trampled.
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by cbsblogger October 19, 2011 11:28 AM EDT
Is China becoming NYCized where greed prevails? Asians were historically very attentive to family.
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by gemno October 19, 2011 10:33 AM EDT
Oh my God. Oh my God. Is this where the world is heading? Oh my God. How unbelievably awful .. terrible .. truly beyond any words or comprehension. We must reintroduce and require a respect for life in China as responsible human beings. If China becomes a predominant force in the world with this view of life God help us all. One of the most terrifying, traumatic and awful things I have ever seen in my life.
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by Nailmaker October 19, 2011 8:07 AM EDT
Question: where was the parent when all this was happening? Even street kids have parents. Or how about the woman who fell into a snow bank in a Canadian Capital in an affluent area and died because no one helped her. She was there for days and was found when doing snow removal! It does happen all over the world. People are just too scared to get involved.
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by ge556 October 19, 2011 2:57 PM EDT
In the Canadian case, it sounds like no one knew she was there.
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