And the Award for “Biggest Balls Shown in a Natural Disaster” Goes to…

The People’s Republic of China!

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A Chinese official said Monday that New Zealand should consider special compensation to parents of Chinese students killed in an earthquake last month because their loss was magnified under the country’s one-child policy.

Seven students from China have been identified among the 166 confirmed deaths in the quake that devastated Christchurch city on Feb. 22, and as many as 20 others are still missing.

Chinese Embassy official Cheng Lei said Monday that Chinese quake victims had lost not just their only child, but also a future breadwinner.

And here you thought it would be, like, some heroic rescuer or something. (They’ve been watching too much American TV ~ all those lawyer commercials are bad for your brain.)

6 Responses to “And the Award for “Biggest Balls Shown in a Natural Disaster” Goes to…”

  1. Dr Alice says:

    Apparently the nineteenth century is still alive and well in the People’s Republic. (Kids aren’t kids… they’re breadwinners!)

  2. Skyler says:

    When I was a kid, the man across the street’s house was run into by a drunk driver through his only child’s bedroom. The man told my dad that he felt lucky that that she wasn’t hurt because my dad could afford to lose one of his kids whereas the man only had one.

    My dad refused to talk to him ever again.

  3. Dave E. says:

    Breadwinners! Dammit, I knew there was a reason I should have had kids.

  4. Mori says:

    Any mention of how the Chinese compensate the parents of the THOUSANDS killed by earthquakes in China… or by the Chinese government for being dissidents or when Chinese companies kill babies with bad formula or…? Just sayin’.

  5. JeffS says:

    Or when the coal mines explode due to poor operating conditions, Mori?

    And let’s not forget the Chinese execution vans.

  6. Kate P says:

    When you start to play the game of “Whose life is more valuable?” everyone loses.

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