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American in Nanjing gains national fame

Jason Loose, a 23-year old American has been thrust into the limelight of national media as the “French Fry Brother”. Loose was photographed in early May sharing his French fries and a warm chat with an elderly beggar in Nanjing.

Loose, a graduate of Nanjing University is currently working as an intern for a sports brand company in Nanjing. In his free time he volunteers for public welfare groups, working as an English teacher for children of migrant workers.

He is very surprised at all the attention given to him by national media; even the Xinhua News Agency conducted an interview with him in Mandarin, which he speaks fluently. He says he feels "extremely shy, as it was just an encounter with someone in need. They (the beggars) are just like us, and they deserve respect and social concern."

The pictures that have been shared online show Loose sitting with an elderly begging woman on the ground close to McDonald’s while he offers her his fries and drinks, both of them in deep conversation. Within days there have been 150,000 posts related to the "French Fry Brother", stirring discussions about the country's relationship with the needy on micro-blogging site Sina Weibo. It is also not the first time foreigners have stepped into help; a year and a half ago, also in Nanjing, another American helped to fund a beggar's surgery.

"It was such a heartwarming scene, but brought by a foreign young man, who offers his love, care and trust to a stranger in need," one micro-blogger wrote, questioning whether they "could do what he does."

As usual, there is not only praise for Loose’s actions, with some netizens arguing that foreigners do not understand China’s actual conditions, suggesting that beggars were cheaters unworthy of other people’s help. For this reason, some bloggers defended themselves by stating that since many beggars are frauds, as outlined in this earlier article on Hello Nanjing. For this reason, the bloggers apparently do not dare offer love or concern.

That being said, the concern showed by Loose has added to the discussion about morality and apathy in China, half a year after the death of two-year-old “Little Yue Yue”, who had been run over by two vehicles and lay dying in the street while 18 people passed her by with only the 19th person, a migrant woman collecting trash, pulling her off the street and alerting her mother.

While many Chinese worry about such cases, Loose’s impression is far more positive. “There have been numerous sweet and warm scenes in public," he recalls. "People offer seats to the elderly and to children, and many people like to give money or food to beggars. They are not indifferent.”

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