You’ve seen this already, I’m sure. It’s on CRI and China.org, both citing Xinhua, and People’s Daily via Global Times, citing China Foto Press, via Sina Weibo (reposted and forwarded so many times that watermarks stack upon watermarks). It’s all over Western press too, including Daily Mail, BBC, Radio New Zealand, ABC… how? Why? What makes this viral material over, say, the last incident involving kindergarten teacher abuse, or the one before that?
Perhaps the teacher’s smile. Or the ear folded just so. The fact that the kid is actually lifted off the ground? The perfect framing, probably.
As always, context is important, and for that we turn to Offbeat China:
The woman in the picture was found out to be Yan Yanhong, born in 1992. She is the teacher of Class 2 at Blue Phoenix Kindergarten in Wen Liang, Zhejiang province. Most surprisingly, some netizen who successfully tracked down her QQ (China’s most popular IM tool) found more than 700 pictures of child abuse in her Qzone (similar to Myspace).
Wow. I mean… there’s a kid in a garbage bin (funny, but also awful). So while we don’t know exactly why the ear-grabbing pic is the one drawing all the attention, we’re glad it has. Meanwhile, we wonder how this kindergarten teacher was employed for so long.
You’ll be happy to know that, according to GT, “police in Wenling said Yan Yanhong, the 21-year-old teacher, had been detained for provocative and disturbing behavior. The other teacher who took the photo, surnamed Tong, was given a 7-day administrative detention.”