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Hazing death of Chinese student to be recalled in film Brazil’s Chinese to shoot film on student murdered in university hazing

Brazil’s Chinese to shoot film on student murdered in university hazing
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) — Members of the Chinese community in Brazil will shoot a film based on the true story of an ethnic Chinese student who died in a university hazing, local press reported on Friday.

It will be the first film produced by Chinese citizens residing in Brazil.

Hsueh, a 22-year-old Chinese descent, started medical school in 1999 at the University of Sao Paulo. He was pushed into a swimming pool and drowned by veteran students who staged a hazingto “welcome” newcomers to the course, one of the most disputed in the country.

Yuan Yiping, a Sao Paulo resident for 15 years and editor of a local community newspaper, is the screenwriter of the bilingual film in both Portuguese and mandarin. He said the film aims to describe the living conditions of some 200,000 ethnic Chinese in Brazil.

“We want to show the changes following Edison’s death,” he sad.

Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) archived the case seven years later, with none of the accused punished.

The incident shocked the Chinese community in Brazil at the time.

“We expected the murderers to be found and punished according to law,” Fernando Ou, president of the Chinese Cultural Association of Brazil, told the press on Friday.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

One reply on “Hazing death of Chinese student to be recalled in film Brazil’s Chinese to shoot film on student murdered in university hazing”

I see this case as myself in the mirror, and the uphill battle this community has to overcome. A few lines for the people involved- there are so many thousand steps to take to try to solve this case, and only 10 years after the student’s murder one first step is taken. But read the tortuous path of the law in this case- the case went all the way to the supreme court, it was dismissed, and some members of the commmunity still wish punishment according to the law. The proposed movie is an excellent punishment to the roots of this dubious law system and it founders. This punishment will start later than what we are used to, but the effects of this student’s death will be not be forgotten. And this movie will benefit more people in the future.

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