Chinese woman presumed dead for decade found living in internet cafe


Twila
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Probably one of the strangest articles I've read in awhile.
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For 10 years they thought their daughter was dead.

But Xiao Yun (a pseudonym) who ran away from home following an argument with her mom at age 14, was alive — and immersed in video games.

Police found the 24-year-old using a fake ID at an internet cafe in Hangzhou, Chinese media reported.

During questioning, she admitted that she had run away from home a decade ago. Police fined her about $200 CDN for using fake identification.

She spent most of that time eating and sleeping in various internet cafes in various towns in her home province, playing the first-person shooter game “CrossFire” for hours on end, the Star Online reports.

She said she would occasionally work as a cashier, but mostly lived off of handouts from other cafe patrons.

Xiao Yun has not been formally diagnosed with internet addiction, but in China, it has been a widely documented issue for several years.

In 2008, China was the first country to declare internet addiction a psychological disorder. Since then, there have been several reports of rehab programs that take extreme measures to treat addicts, ranging from electro-convulsion therapy to military-style discipline which has led to death.

After their tearful reunion, Xiao Yun’s mother told reporters she would never scold her daughter again.

Chinese woman presumed dead for decade found living in internet cafe - National | Globalnews.ca
 
Tecumsehsbones
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I'm glad they used a pseudonym. Imagine how traumatic it would be if her real name was revealed to all of. . . Canada.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

I'm glad they used a pseudonym. Imagine how traumatic it would be if her real name was revealed to all of. . . Canada.

well we do have a very large Chinese population whom still chat with relatives back home...

Plus, the news made it world wide and news travels fast.
 
Locutus
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farmville
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

I'm glad they used a pseudonym. Imagine how traumatic it would be if her real name was revealed to all of. . . Canada.

Hell, her online nic is probably better known
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

Xiao Yun’s mother told reporters she would never scold her daughter again.

god forbid that a mother scold her daughter.
 
TenPenny
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I've been to Hangzhou twice. Beautiful city.
 
VanIsle
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

well we do have a very large Chinese population whom still chat with relatives back home...

Plus, the news made it world wide and news travels fast.

We not only have a large Chinese population . We have numerous International students sent here to learn English. We had one for two years. They very much stay in contact with their folks at home but they are also deeply into games. Face book use is not permitted in China so they take themselves off when they go home. It is very common for their parents to visit.