Sunday, October 27, 2013

Chinese Decapitation Stereotype

Years ago, I recorded a CDN segment about the predilection of crazy Chinese murderers to chop off their victims heads. The piece was called "Bad Week for Body Parts". Take a listen:

Stereotypes form because they have some basis in reality. The degree of reality varies, but invariably, there is some truth to be found. "Bad Week for Body Parts" was partly inspired by the story of a Chinese student at Virginia tech (Haiyang Zhu) who decapitated another Chinese student (Xin Yang) in January of 2009. Four months prior, a Chinese man (Vince Weiguang Li) decapitated a white passenger (Tim McLean) on a Greyhound bus travelling through Manitoba. And today we have this story (quoting):

The maniac who butchered a Brooklyn mom and her four young kids confessed that he did it because he was jealous of their way of life [...] Ming Dong Chen, 25, an illegal alien from China, was nabbed [...]as he fled out the front door by two detectives [...] Inside, cops found a house of horrors in which all five victims were hacked to death and one — a 1-year-old boy — was decapitated, the source said. Police have identified the victims as mother Qiao Zhen Li, 37, and her children: William Zhuo, 1; Kevin Zhuo, 5; Amy Zhuo, 7; and Linda Zhuo, 9.

I won't go further in arguing whether or not the decapitation stereotype is factual. But I do want to take this opportunity to thank Chinese men for proving that even if all guns were banned in American, horrifying murders (in some cases mass) will still occur.

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