Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China


Attention seeking or a cry for help?

I’m not going to try to analyse her motives – I know nothing about her.

Except that, at some time yesterday, in an obviously very disturbed state, this young woman stripped off, climbed out the window of an 11th floor Liuzhou hotel room and threatened to jump.


Today, it’s all over the local media. Had she climbed out clothed, it would hardly have raised a mention. It is too common. Few ever actually jump – those that do tend to pick soft landings like the river where, after the dramatic gesture, they are then able to swim to safety or are picked up by the river police.

There is something very sick in China’s mental health care. There isn’t any, really.  Support groups? Forget it. Counselling? In your dreams.

The local media have described the woman as a ‘drug addict”. How do they know this? Do they have access to her medical records? Or are they just jumping to conclusions? I don’t know.

The reportage from the local press is hardly sympathetic, but more voyeuristic with whole series of photos. I hesitated before posting any, unlike Liuzhou Daily which happily showed a whole library while equally happily deriding the woman.

The woman was rescued by fire-fighters and medical staff after a two hour stand-off.

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7 Responses to “Desperate”

  1. Carl Johnson Says:

    Please tell me the poor lady did not jump?
    A very sad commentary on the world today that everyone finds her being naked standing on an A/C unit more interesting than the reason that she feels she must end her life. I wish that I could say it was different here.
    I cannot.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    No. She didn’t jump. I have edited to clarify.

  3. Alex Says:

    I love China, but it saddens me that despite its growing material wealth, it remains in many ways a morally bankrupt place. However I draw hope from a parallel with Victorian-era Britain; a truly horrible place, but one which changed very much for the better in the succeeding century, after its incredible economic boom. There’s hope for China yet.

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I’m not sure that I agree with you. I don’t see that China is any more morally bankrupt than the UK or the USA. In different ways, yes. That’s all.

    The Victorian era Britain argument doesn’t stand up at all. It is totally different. And did it truly change for the better in the next century? World War 1, World War 2, The Korean War, all the African wars.

    Even in terms of the economy, it doesn’t stand up. The Industrial Revolution and the economic boom started long before the Victorian era. Today China is already moving into a post-industrial era after a very short visit. The powerhouse economies are now all service industries. Always the way. Agricultural – Industrial – Service.

    There may well be hope for China yet, but it sure ain’t Starbucks.

  5. Zap Says:

    So? Why do Chinese women want to kick the bucket?
    Sex? Relationships issues? Feminism? Work? Freedom?

    I am really curious.

  6. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    The answer to your rather callous question is that they seldom do. As I said, few ever jump. Did you read what I wrote or only look at the picture?

    The reasons they might, or might choose to seem to do so, are nothing to do with them being Chinese. They do so for the same reasons people all over the world do. Often, they don’t know why they do.

    One anomaly is that there is a higher level of suicides among women as opposed to men in China, which is the opposite of most countries. Part of the reason may be that women are often left behind to cope when their men go away to seek work in cities. There is also a stigma in the countryside if you fail to produce a child or even worse, have a girl. There is a lot of pressure and no support system, as I mentioned in my original blog. However, none of these are exclusive to China.

    I also mentioned that China has a particularly poor record in mental health care.

    The reasons behind suicide or attempted suicide (real or not) in China or anywhere else are highly complex. You aren’t going to find the answers on a blog, especially when you haven’t read it.

  7. Carl Johnson Says:

    I have only followed this blog for a couple of years. But the last two comments are most offensive racist crap I have ever seen anywhere in my life! China is morally bankrupt?
    Where the Hell did you come from that was such a Paradise that everyone was a paragon of virtue? I think you should remain there!
    The US certainly does not set a very good example.
    And as for as women, men or small children, anyone, including yours truly can reach a state of depression very quickly and become suicidal if everything you love is taken away! I happen to know is by way of experience.

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