An American feeds an elderly homeless woman in Nanjing some fries and water, sparking a debate over charity.
"American French Fry Brother," the nickname of an American study-abroad student, is now trending on Sina
Weibo after he fed a homeless woman on the streets of Nanjing a packet of
fries and some water.
Los Angeles native Lu Jiesen -- a phonetic translation of his English name, Jason -- is enrolled at Nanjing University.
Lu found the elderly homeless woman sitting outside of a McDonalds on Guangzhou Road in Nanjing. The two reportedly conversed happily while they shared their fries. Photos of the incident, taken by an onlooker, have gone viral on Weibo, where Lu Jiesen's compassion has turned into nearly 200,000 messages in the past two days.
"We can't help solve
all the world's big problems, but at least we can pay attention to the people
around us," Lu told Sina News, which interviewed him sometime after the photos started spreading online. It's not clear how Lu Jiesen was identified from the photos.
"Kindness has no borders," Sina Weibo said of Lu's act of philanthropy and McDonalds diplomacy, "Let kind hearts melt away indifference." Some online commenters seemed to yearn for the bygone days of revolutionary altruism.