Sunday, 01. March 2015
17. 07. 14. - 16:00
A Chinese man from a poor family who got a job with a car company after graduating from university called his mother to tell her not to visit many more, because she was too ugly.
The shocking story was exposed when mum Ding Liang, 63, was spotted standing outside a housing complex in the Xiaoshan District of the city of Hangzhou in eastern China by local man Hsin Pai, 53.
He told local media: "I asked her what she was doing, I thought she was looking at the garbage and was going to tell her to go away. She had a carrying pole which indicated she was someone from the countryside and I thought she was looking for rubbish that she might be able to sell. When she told me that she came to the big city to visit her son and showed me the clothes that she had made for her new grandchild, I felt a bit guilty and decided to try and help her."
He said that together they had tried to telephone the number she had for the young man, and added: "I wasn't getting any answer either so I asked her what she had arranged with him, and she told me that actually she hadn't arranged anything.
"I asked her why and then she burst into tears and told me that actually her son had told her he was only calling to say that his wife had had a baby, but he didn't want her to visit because she was too ugly and would embarrass him in front of his new friends."
The man was so shocked that he called the local TV station, which turned up to interview the woman and confirmed her tale.
She told them that she was from a village outside Yuyao, a city in the same Chinese province as Hangzhou, and that she had been very proud of her son and only child when he had done well at school and got a place at university. After graduating he had moved to Hangzhou after landing a good job at an upmarket car dealership and had married.
But he had reportedly been embarrassed by his mother's presence at his wedding because she had dressed like a peasant and after that he'd had had very little to do with her.
She said: "I don't mind, I know he has his own life now, so I understand that he doesn't call and only speaks to be when I ring him. But when he rang me the other day to say that he had had a baby, I wanted to visit him and bring my grandchild some gifts. He told me not to come, he said I would embarrass him because I'm too ugly."
She said she had decided to come anyway and had woken up at 4 AM to catch the bus to see her son, who she didn't name but who she said was 32-years-old. When she arrived he had not answered the phone and she had been left out on the street unsure exactly which flat he was in.
He said: "My husband told me not to come, and I said our daughter-in-law has given birth, so I definitely must come, that I’ll bring some stuff to give them. I got up at 4am and got here a little after 9am. But I have been waiting here all day long and my son is still not answering his phone."
At the end of the day she left still carrying the handmade baby clothes and gifts from the countryside.
In a short TV programme about the woman's visit that ended up widely discussed in Chinese social media the presenters acknowledges that there might be an additional reason why the son was refusing to see his mother who had clearly come bearing gifts for her grandchild.
But at the end of the day, they added: "Whatever the additional matters might be if there are any, when it comes to a mother who gave birth to a child and raised that child, what is there that cannot ultimately be tolerated or forgiven?"
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