CHINA Podcast: Story in the Story (5/15/2020 Fri.)

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Podcast: Story in the Story (5/15/2020 Fri.)

People's Daily app

03:07, May 15, 2020

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From the People's Daily App.

This is Story in the Story.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread abroad, Chinese corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals have made special efforts to lend a helping in countries where the virus continues to surge. 

According to the Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, Chinese companies have donated 1.5 million masks, 200,000 testing kits, 180,000 protective gloves, and other medical supplies.

In April, the number of COVID-19 cases globally passed 1.43 million, including more than 82,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

China recently ended its 76-day lockdown of Wuhan, Hubei Province, where cases were first reported in December.

But since then, life has been harder for many Chinese Americans, who have had to deal with fear, discrimination, and business closures. However, in the face of such adversity, they have made it their mission to secure supplies for hospitals.

Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the actions of many Chinese since the outbreak show how Chinese people are contributing to local communities abroad. 

Today's Story in the Story looks at how the Chinese are raising money to help foreign countries fight COVID-19.

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Liu Shichao in the video of drinking competition (Photo: screenshot of the video)

A Chinese villager who has become an internet celebrity through his unique beer-drinking methods on Twitter has held a cross-culture drinking competition with netizens around the globe to raise money for doctors and nurses who are fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liu Shichao, who goes by the handle Pangzai and has more than 150,000 followers on Twitter, said that the drinking competition has already raised more than $1,150 to purchase protective suits and masks for hospitals in the US.

According to an introduction for the event, the competition aims to bring people together to fight the virus using "the power of beer."

Liu, 34, refers to himself as an ordinary Chinese farmer but is often called "King" by his fans on Twitter. He lives in the village of Xingtai in North China's Hebei Province.

"After seeing how serious the overseas pandemic is, I thought that I could do my part to help those who are in need as the pandemic has no borders," Liu said.

He came up with the idea of using his unique drinking talents to entice people to donate to charity.

Liu reached out to a US Twitter blogger who goes by the name "The Wonton Don," who had previously admired his beer-chugging performances and visited Liu's home, to shoot the competition video.

In the video uploaded on YouTube, Liu performs three different beer drinking tricks, such as the tornado-drinking style with which he made a name for himself or drinking without hands and then challenging netizens to attempt the tricks themselves. 

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A representative of the Wuhan Alumni Association of Northern California donates protective gloves to police officers. (Photo: China Daily)

Two netizens accepted the challenge and attempted to imitate Liu, yet only one succeeded. The other ended his attempt as beer squirted out of his mouth. 

Liu said they plan to turn the challenge into a series. Each week, Liu will film a drinking challenge, and Don will pick two people to try and copy it to the best of their ability. Then they will judge the contestants and pick a winner. 

They called on netizens to donate at least $1 when they watched the video.

Liu has also tried his hand at livestreaming on YouTube and said he likes communicating with his overseas fans through his channel. 

"Many foreign friends have sent their blessings to me during these live broadcasts, and I also want them to remain safe,” Liu said.

Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, said China was hit hard by the outbreak not long ago, so its people can empathize with the suffering that other countries have experienced. 

China made huge sacrifices to fight the virus, and during the most difficult days, people worldwide offered a helping hand. 

Chinese factories are operating flat out to fulfill orders for medical supplies; provincial and city governments are rushing to help their foreign sister cities, and donations are pouring in, Cui explained.

As for Liu, he said that if he has the opportunity, he would be more than happy to cooperate with more bloggers overseas and produce more cross-cultural videos to promote Chinese culture and help other countries fight COVID-19.

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Lance Crayon, and Brian Lowe and Da Hang. Text from China Daily and Global Times.)


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