Asian American “prankster” goes viral

YouTube prankster Josh Paler Lin (林啟晨) posted a video, “How Does A Homeless Person Spend $100?” before Christmas that has been viewed more than 30 million times.

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Josh Paler Lin had no idea his little experiment would end up the way it did.

As the World Journal reports, Lin gave $100 to a homeless man named Thomas near Anaheim and then followed him with a video camera to see what he would do with it.

To Lin’s surprise, Thomas bought food and shared it with other homeless people, many whom he didn’t even know.

Lin asked him why he did it. Thomas told him it brought him happiness.

Lin who calls himself the “craziest Asian prankster alive” has started an Indiegogo campaign for Thomas and has raised $139,000 as of this writing. Lin hopes to surprise Thomas with enough money for him to buy a home.

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China’s most pompous millionaire just threw a ridiculously fancy lunch for homeless New Yorkers

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers

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Multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao, the self-proclaimed “most influential person of China,” held a massive event in New York City on Wednesday during which he handed out $100 bills to 200 homeless people at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.

He’s the man! He’s the man!” one man shouted, throwing his arm around Guangbiao and waving the three $100 bills in the air.

I wish and hope that you will put the money into good use,” Guangbiao said in remarks delivered through a translator.

I hope that you will use this money as seed money for whatever job training or job education you will receive so that you can help yourself,” he said.

Guangbiao, 46, then told the crowd that he would like to do this every year. They began to cheer and whistle.

Along with the cash, Guangbiao’s homeless guests were treated to a lunch of seared sesame-crusted tuna with an Asian slaw and steak with mashed potatoes and green beans by a white-gloved waitstaff.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers2The meal Guangbiao had served for his guests.

They’re not feeding the press?” one of the many members of the media in attendance quipped beforehand.

Guangbiao began his New York City adventure Tuesday when he strolled through the streets of Tribeca with a photographer and reporter from the New York Postattempting to hand out $100 bills to passersby. That effort didn’t exactly go as planned as many of the New Yorkers Guangbiao tried to hand money to ignore his entreaties.

The lunch also didn’t go off without a hitch. According to the event’s invitation, the lunch was for 300 “poverty-stricken people.” But only 200 people from the New York City Rescue Mission were able to attend.

At least 100 other homeless community members were left outside the event.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers3Homeless people waiting outside the lunch.

Duwell, one of the men who found himself barred from the luncheon, called the event “the worst fraud [he] has ever seen perpetrated against the homeless community.”

I am handicapped, and I have been waiting here for 10 and a half hours,” he said. “I have been chased by the police and treated with disrespect after we were promised a gourmet meal and $300. This is a publicity stunt.”

Another woman, Tammy, claimed she waited three hours and said she “was going to stay as long as [she] had to, to get her good meal.”

Tammy questioned the method used to invite people to the event.

Why would you send an invitation by email to homeless people? If I had a computer, I would have a home!

Tammy never made it inside.

An Anti-Chinese Communist Party group also gathered in protest outside the venue, repeating a chant of “Chinese Communist Party is evil! Chinese Communist Party is terrible!” throughout the day.

The Anti-CCP presence was not surprising, though, since CCP supporters clad in military fatigues turned out in huge numbers to volunteer for the event.

Despite the controversy, Guangbiao seemed to remain confident in his philanthropic efforts.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers4Chinese Communist Party supporters outside the lunch.

I have helped millions of people and would like to encourage the press to interview the people who actually received help from me today — instead of listening to those people who might be jealous who might have a lot of negative things to say about what I have to offer,” Guangbiao said at the lunch.

The reason why folks were left out wasn’t exactly clear.

Guangbiao is a recycling magnate with a reported wealth of $740 million. He is infamously eccentric and, according to Reuters, “something of a celebrity in China.”

One of Guangbiao’s trademarks is singing the song “We Are The World.” He mentioned the song repeatedly during the lunch. He also performed some magic tricks for the crowd.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers5Guangbiao’s DVD.

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers6Guangbiao performing magic.

On his business card, Guangbiao describes himself as the “Most Influential Person of China, Most Prominent Philanthropist of China, China Moral Leader, China Earthquake Rescue Hero, Most Well-known and Beloved Chinese Role Model, Most Charismatic Philanthropist of China,” among many other self-proclaimed accolades.

During the Central Park event, a DVD played in the background that constantly referred to Guangbiao as “the No. 1″ this and “the No. 1″ that in China. We eventually lost count.

Guangbiao is one of the 400 richest people in China. At the event, he explained his rationale for giving cash away.

Some people [say] that money is almost like human waste — you don’t come to this earth with it and you cannot carry it to your next life.”

 

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China’s painful solution to homeless living under bridges and overpasses

 

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With the rising number of homeless people finding their way into the urban areas of China, the government has provided a solution for chasing them out.

The PRC government recently decided to put up concrete spikes, measuring 20 cm in height each, under the city bridges to prevent people from squatting in these public areas.

Undoubtedly, people have criticized the government for this. One blogger wrote, “If you are in favor of razing these spikes that have stabbed at people’s heart, please retweet. Return a resting place to homeless people.”

Another netizen commented, “What a disgrace!!! Which country doesn’t have homeless people?

 

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Japan’s homeless ‘recruited’ for cleaning up Fukushima nuclear plant

Two homeless men eating a meal outside shuttered shops at night in the western Japanese metropolis of Osaka. (AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks)

Two homeless men eating a meal outside shuttered shops at night in the western Japanese metropolis of Osaka. 

Homeless men are being recruited for one of the most unwanted jobs in the industrialized world – clearing of radioactive fallout at the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl – the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a special report has claimed.

One of the recruiters, Seiji Sasa, told Reuters how and where he is looking for potential laborers in the northern Japanese city of Sendai. The headhunter supplies homeless people to contractors in the nuclear disaster zone for a reward of $100 per head.

“This is how labor recruiters like me come in every day,” Sasa explained, walking past the destitute sleeping on cardboard in the winter cold, on the lookout for those who have nothing left to lose.

Meanwhile, it is said the complete decontamination of the facility will take three decades and could cost up to 10 trillion yen ($125 billion) – equal to around 2 percent of Japan’s gross domestic product or 11 percent of the country’s annual budget.

According to the Fukushima plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), dismantling the Fukushima Daiichi plant will require at least 12,000 workers just through 2015. The company and its subcontractors are already short of workers, however.

A reactor vessel at the unit six reactor building of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (AFP Photo / Recoquille Bression)

A reactor vessel at the unit six reactor building of Tokyo Electric Power Co. 

While there are currently some 8,000 registered workers, there are 25 percent more openings for jobs at the Fukushima plant than applicants, according to government data. These gaps are often filled by the homeless and the unemployed, those who are down-and-out.
It was reported last month that among the homeless men employed cleaning up the stricken nuclear plant for less than minimum wage, there were also those brought in by Japan’s notorious Yakuza gangsters.

RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky caught up with an investigative journalist who went undercover at Fukushima, filming with a camera hidden in his watch. He said that when a certain construction project requires an immediate workforce in large numbers, Japanese bosses usually make a phone call to the Yakuza.

“This was the case with Fukushima: the government called Tepco to take urgent action, Tepco relayed it to their subcontractors and they, eventually, as they had a shortage of available workers, called the Yakuza for help,” Tomohiko Suzuki told RT in November.

Japanese police say that up to 50 Yakuza gangs with 1,050 members currently operate in Fukushima prefecture.

Earlier this year, the first arrests were made. One Yakuza was detained over claims he sent workers to the crippled Fukushima plant without a license. Yoshinori Arai took a cut of the workers’ wages, pocketing $60,000 in over two years.

It also emerged that many of the cleanup workers, who exposed themselves to large doses of radiation without even knowing it, were given no insurance for health risks, no radiation meters even.

The devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which claimed nearly 19,000 lives and made tens of thousands of people homeless, set off multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima plant, spewing radiation over a large area. The radius of evacuation after the meltdown is larger than the area of Hong Kong. Some areas will remain contaminated for years to come, nuclear experts forecast.

All of Japan’s nuclear reactors are currently switched off. However, a recent opinion poll conducted by NHK of Japan, has found that nearly half of those taking part in it are against the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s plan to allow the restart of shut down nuclear reactors after safety checks. Only 19 percent of respondents approved of the plan, while 45 percent said they were against it.

Another question asked if respondents were satisfied with the handling of the leaks of radioactive wastewater from the Daiichi nuclear complex. Nearly 70 percent said they disapproved.

Major setbacks have stalled TEPCO‘s handling of the nuclear disaster amid widespread criticism and calls to put Fukushima-related work under government control.
Earlier this month Japan said it will earmark more taxpayer money to help Tepco clean up the crippled nuclear plant.

The government’s extra budget new draft, for the fiscal year to next March, allocates nearly $480 million for measures to deal with growing amounts of radioactive water at the plant, as well as the decommissioning of its three melted reactors. Additional cleanup projects are expected to be funded through a national public works budget.

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