China's Internet "heroes"

Chinese netizens are once again getting together to publicize a case of injustice involving wrong-doing government officials. In 2003 there was the Sun  Zhigang case - millions of Chinese netizens became involved in a national conversation - while Yang Jia became famous for killing six police officers in 2008.

This time the case is about a waitress in Hubei Province who stabbed an official to death and injured another in resisting their sexual advances. Deng Yujiao is being turned out into a national hero because she killed a presumably corrupt and certainly licentious official but also because she defended herself and her honor.

The reaction of support from the Chinese society is somewhat a reminder of “All Men Are Brothers”, a 12th century book of tales about 108 outlaws who outwit greedy, abusive officials.