Only in China…

(No offense to our Chinese readers or their communities is intended.)

There have been quite a few major storms lately. Erin has dropped to a tropical depression out in the Pacific. Hurricane Dean’s making a mess in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. (Category 4. Oh, boy.) One storm we’re not hearing much about in the U.S.A., though, is Super Typhoon Sepat. It’s heading northwest, straight for the heart of China, with a pit stop in a rather controversial island. The Phillippines already took a hit from this one. (I call it a Super Typhoon because earlier stories rated it a Category 4, though right now I think it’s somewhere between 2 and 3. Still a monster, though.)

I was browsing around on Google News this morning before leaving for work, trying to find out a bit more. Most of the headlines were appropriately serious – but one of them didn’t make a whole lot of sense. From the Shanghai Daily: Typhoon Sepat to cool city over weekend

I’m sorry, but I burst out laughing when I saw that one. Only in China is a super typhoon considered good news.

(The story does mention the seriousness of the storm leading to closures and heavy weather preparations – but in the typical reverse-pyramid style of newswriting, lesser facts are put at the end of the story. As a former Journalist for the U.S. Navy, I can say this story is written that way. Apparently, the danger a massive storm brings is less important than shaving a couple degrees Celsius. Go figure.)

4 thoughts on “Only in China…”

  1. Cheung is right. Shanghai Daily is a local newspaper, and the news mentioned is a weather report only about the Shanghai city. So when the typhoon Sepat can only affect the Fujian province, the only thing the newspaper can care about is the incoming cooler temperature.

  2. china maybe has limited press freedom, but for a weather event? you are over paranoid, shanghai are most selfish city in china, what can you expect.

  3. The weather man at my local TV station said something like this about Katrina, “It will bring us some much wanted rain.” This doesn’t mean the local paper or local TV station doesn’t care people several thousand miles away, but they should focus on local impact.

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