A 26-year-old woman who has moved from North China to Beijing has set up a public solitary confinement room for migrants like her to have space to reflect. The room, around 10 square meters, is in the Caochangdi art district in suburban Beijing, where many grass-roots artists come to pursue their dreams. The woman said she found the pace of life in Beijing too fast and many people have no time to stop and think about the meaning of life. “You’ve spent too much time facing other people, leave some time to face yourself,” she wrote on a blackboard hung on the wall of the room. Most netizens found the move creative and fresh, but few thought it necessary. Some joked that they need a home more than solitary confinement.
An 83-year-old woman surnamed Huang from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, was handed a reprieve for choking her mentally disabled son to death after feeding him 60 sleeping pills. In court, Huang said that her son suffered brain damage and had been bedridden since birth. She was worried her son would suffer greatly after she died. Most netizens expressed great sympathy for Huang, believing the killing came out of strong love. “Killing her son needed more courage than leaving him alone,” commented one netizen. Many netizens appealed to the authorities to give more assistance to severely disabled people and their families.
An advertising video about a Chinese overseas student asking his mother how to make scrambled eggs and tomatoes, a typical home-style Chinese dish, has triggered hot discussion among Chinese netizens. In the video, the young man was at a party and was asked to offer a Chinese dish. Having no idea what to make, he called his mom, who immediately got out of bed to show him how to do it. Some netizens were moved by the mother-son bond, while others criticized him for being so selfish as to bother his mom in the middle of the night. They exclaimed that the mother’s fondness has made her son dependent, and he can neither make an easy dish nor use a search engine.
The official paper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the People’s Daily, recently launched a video to promote the new standing committee of the politburo, which was elected at the recently concluded 19th National Congress of the CPC. The new standing committee, which the People’s Daily called “the dream team of the new era,” consists of seven senior officials, including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Chinese netizens have widely retweeted the video and dubbed the seven officials “China’s most outstanding men.”