Backlash in China Over Gift to Yale

January 12, 2010

A Chinese businessman is facing criticism by some in his country over a gift of $8,888,888 to Yale University, AFP reported. The gift has attracted attention because Zhang Lei selected the figure based on the luck associated in Chinese culture with the numeral eight. While some in China have praised the gift, many have responded on Web discussion boards by attacking him for giving to an American institution. He has been called "scum" and "traitor." One comment said: "The Chinese education system helped you, but Americans have only ever given us trouble. Helping them hurts China. Got it?"

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