Viral Week is our weekly round-up of the weekend’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about.
This week, there’s bad customer service, a song saves man from suicide, a hospital enforces a “sales quota,” and doctors rap their troubles:
In honor of National Doctors’ Day, a Sichuan hospital and the provincial Health Publicity and Education Center created a viral music video, “I’m a Doctor, Not a God,” featuring a white-robed physician rapping about the challenges of his job with lyrics like “People think doctors are like the Monkey King/ No day or night, no rest nor biological clock,” and “Even in the toilet there are patients asking questions” (violence against doctors remains a problem in China).
Nine-year-old Zhou Yihan swam 26.7 kilometers across the Qiongzhou Strait from Hainan to Guangdong province, battling strong currents and jellyfish for 13 hours under her father and her coach’s supervision.
A man in Guangdong province, who planned to commit suicide by jumping from a building, was rescued by a neighbor who suggested they sing a love song “to create final memories”—the man was so moved that he changed his mind, and stepped back from the brink.
A leaked internal report from education company English First (EF) reveals that their foreign teachers are being arrested at higher-than-normal rates for drugs, fighting, and cybersecurity offenses. Days later, a Chinese education association under the Ministry of Education revoked EF’s membership.
A branch of the Henan Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital required its doctors and nurses to bring a “sales quota” of five patients each for hospitalization, or face a 200 RMB fine (the employees apparently got around it by bringing their family members).
A woman surnamed Li discovered that the 150,000 RMB’s worth of personal items she’d sent by courier from her hometown to her new workplace in Changsha, Hunan, had been delivered to a clothing recycling factory and destroyed by mistake. The company, Deppon Express, offered just 300 RMB in compensation.
While on a business trip to Wuhan, a woman surnamed Zhang had her mobile phone number de-listed from service by China Telecom supposedly in order to “protect [her] information” in an area known for telecom fraud. The telecom company claims it cannot re-authorize the number.