With the world focused on a coronavirus outbreak that appears to have started in Wuhan, China, some social media posts are now spreading falsehoods about Chinese culture. One viral post being shared on Facebook builds on xenophobic stereotypes: “Chinese people eat human baby soup to improve health” reads the headline. The Jan. 30 post, which had been viewed on Facebook more than 46 million times as of Feb. 10, features images of a man seated at a table preparing to eat what appear to be parts of a baby.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.
The pictures are from a 20-year-old controversial work of performance art.
The article carries essentially the same headline as the post as well as more gruesome images that include a hand grasping what appears to be an infant by its arms and legs. The article attributes the claim to “an email report received by The Seoul Times,” and describes a town “in the southern province of Canton (Guangdong)” where “Chinese folks there are enjoying baby herbal soup to increase overall health and stamina and the power of sexual performance in particular” at a price tag of $4,000 U.S.
This article also appears on the website of The Seoul Times, an English-language newspaper, under the heading “Letters to the Editor.” (https://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php%3fidx=7333)
But there is no evidence to back this claim.
The photos with the post are from Chinese performance artist Zhu Yu. He staged a performance called “Eating People” at a Shanghai arts festival in 2000. The photos showed Zhu Yu appearing to eat a stillborn or aborted child.
AFP Fact Check on Feb. 6 debunked another Facebook post that uses a photo from the exhibit. It also reported that images from the exhibit have been used in hoax reports about cannibalism in China.
EASTERNLINK REPRODUCES THE LETTER TO ‘SEOUL TIMES’ THAT TRIGGERED THE CONTROVERSY . Fact-checks have given no indication this is true, partially or fully, but the fact that such letters and articles based on them continue to circulate indicates to a deep anguish across the world over China’s role in the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead of being in a denial mode, China’s autocratic leaders would do well to take this global angst in the right spirit and seek to address it with transparency and responsibility, rather than muscle its way through by economic and military might :
Chinese Eat Baby Soup for Sex
One Baby Policy Blamed for Killing Babies in China
Some Chinese people are known to be eating babies, and the news, which has been circulating through the internet and via email, is shocking the world.
An email report received by The Seoul Times confirmed that news with several vivid and appalling pictures of human embryos and fetuses being made into a soup for human consumption.
The report went on. A town in the southern province of Canton (Guangdong) is now in focus. Chinese folks there are enjoying baby herbal soup to increase overall health and stamina and the power of sexual performance in particular.
The cost in Chinese currency is approximately Rs 2,000 (which is about US$4,000).
A factory manager was interviewed and he testified that it is effective because he is a frequent customer.
It is a delicacy whereby expensive herbs are added to boil the baby with chicken meat for eight hours.
He pointed to his second wife next to him. She is 19 years old. The 62-year-old man testified that they have sex everyday.
After waiting for a couple of weeks he took the reporter to the restaurant when he was informed by the restaurant manager that the spare rib soup (local code for baby soup) was now available.
This time, a couple who already has two daughters decided to abort the child after receiving confirmation that it was another girl. The baby was already five months old.
Those babies who are close to be born and die naturally costs 2000 in China currency. Those aborted ones cost a few hundreds in China currency.
Those couples who did not want to sell dead babies, placentas can be accepted also for couple of hundreds.
One local reporter was quoted as saying that this is the problem arising from Chinese taking too much attention in health or is the backfire effect when China introduced one child in a family policy.
This heinous crimes rise from the fact that majority of Chinese people prefer to have male babies and the poor families end up selling their female babies.
Dead babied can be purchased in Taiwan for 70 US dollars for being used as grilled delicacies.