March 12, 2012
Reaction Paper #1
While reading the article ‘School Killings in China’ by Hans Steinmüller and Wu Fei I felt that the author(s) were very informative on the recent school killings that had taken place in China in 2010. I was very interested in the article beginning with the title because I didn’t expect for something so horrible that I see happen in my country happen somewhere else. I just felt that this showed me that similar events happen in other countries and not just in the United States whether is be positive or negative. I thought that the article was fairly easy to read and I didn’t have a problem with understanding what the author(s) were trying to say. As the article went on I just wanted to learn more and for the article to actually go in to depth with the killers past dealing with their family and work places. The author(s) mentioned some problems that could have possibly led to the killers negative choices but I would like to hear from the killers end, maybe an interview but the information provided gave me enough to be interested in. I feel that if maybe they could have a little more information such as why they chose the school that they did to do those killings. I would even like to know if the children that were stabbed and/or killed were they chosen randomly or did the killers know exactly whom they were aiming for. In a way I feel as if the men that did the killings were trying to prove a point to their society. The author(s) did include that each man that committed their crime was at some point in time in their life they were going through some type of problems whether it be financial problems and/or relationship problems. The reason for their actions may have just been because this was their cry for help even though they went about doing it the wrong way.
Steinmüller, Hans and Fei, Wu. School Killings in China: Society or Wilderness. Anthropology Today.
February 2011 Volume 27, Issue 1 (pages 10–13).