According to China’s IFeng News, Lu Lingzi’s parents anxiously waited for their daughter to call home after the Boston Marathon explosions. They learned from TV reports that another Chinese student had been injured, and they asked local media to use Weibo (a Twitter-like microblogging site) to contact Lu’s Boston roommate. They also asked a family friend in the US to drive to Boston.
6. Though Lu lived abroad, Chinese net users joined the efforts to find her. Lu became the most searched Weibo tag, as was the term #紧急寻人 (emergency search for person), an oft-used Weibo tag for locating the missing.
10. Networks for her former high school and college welled with sympathy.
12. While some decried IFeng News’ outing of the victim’s name, others worried about how the death would’ve been covered up domestically.
This post was reposted widely on Twitter and Weibo:
- The Pentagon is repealing its ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military.