A few weeks ago, the news of a Chinese student’s parents trying to pay off alleged victim of their son’s sex assault stirred up quite some sensation in China. How is the case now? According to Iowa City Patch, the tampering charge has been dropped…because the County Attorney at Lowa thought that “’cultural differences’ likely resulted in the parents doing something illegal without their intent.”
So…do Chinese netizens agree with her that bribery is part of Chinese culture? It is bitter yes. And most feel embarrassed, ashamed and insulted by the verdict.
Azzurri1314 said, “If this is just a single occurrence, then it cannot be called Chinese culture. But is there any Chinese who hasn’t attempted to bribe in his life? What is culture if this is not?” NYSA松下 agreed, “People in China bribe since ancient times. In a sense, it is part of Chinese culture.”
With the acknowledgement comes a sense of embarrassment and shame, as expressed by堇沫諨谎, “I feel so ashamed exactly because they are telling the truth.” “It feels like a slap on the face by this US attorney,” said 从前有个SkY后来他__了.
Some others feel that this is yet another humiliation from the US. “This is a clear insult on Chinese culture – bribery was seen as part of our culture,” commented 丄啻的左手
But some others think that the case is an example of US justice. “This simply shows that the US court has guts. In comparison, Chinese courts only know how to follow procedures even if when they already know what’s wrong and what’s right,” commented George_奇志.