“Eight” Donation Sparks Internet Protest

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Maybe eight isn’t such a lucky number in China after all. In an update to the story of Zhang Lei, the Chinese businessman who last week gave Yale University, his alma mater, $8,888,888.00, apparently some in the People’s Republic of China object to his gift.

According to an AFP article:

A Chinese businessman’s huge donation to his Yale University graduate school has sparked a nationalist-tinged Web backlash, with some calling him a “traitor” for not giving the cash to a school in China.

“Scum, trash, dog faeces, traitor,” read one comment posted Monday on the Global Times website.

Zhang, who grew up in Jiangxi province in eastern China, attended Beijing’s Renmin University before pursuing graduate studies at Yale. Zhang said he gave the money to Yale because the school “had changed his life.”

Daniel Luzer

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