MEI FONG, lecturer, USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
This op-ed originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
After USC graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu were shot and killed earlier this month, the Chinese student community in America was saddened, shocked and frightened.
The reaction back home was very different. The killings, which happened while Qu and Wu were sitting and talking in a BMW, unleashed a torrent of Internet vitriol in China, and it wasn’t directed at the pair’s attacker.