Mr. Chiu unintentionally became the saboteur that he was accused of and there's no indication that he regrets his choices. Although Mr. Chiu lives in a communist society where the Cultural Revolution was redefining the way of life for many Chinese people, there are still some fundamental principles of law and order that have not and will not change. His pride can be confused with arrogance and in this story his pride was definitely a character flaw. However, the complex human experience of Mr. Chiu does not excuse the fact that he contributed to the outbreak of Hepatitis in that region of Muji City. What he did was wrong but the resulting outbreak of Hepatitis has many layers and the blame cannot solely be put on Mr. Chiu. He can most certainly be labeled a saboteur after this ordeal, but for the younger officer to label him that at the train station is debatable.
Mr. Chiu is a young, confident lecturer at Harbin University who just got married and is returning home from his honeymoon. When a tea cup came flying in his direction, Mr. Chiu assumes it was being thrown at him or his wife. As an educated, young professional Mr. Chiu has the nerve to confront the local authority figures who he thought had slighted him and his wife. He uses his education and language to portray the officers as the villains and wrong-doers in front of a crowd of people. When he is arrested and brought before the Chief of the Investigation Bureau, he continues the tirade he was not allowed to finish on the street. He also interrupts the one person who had real control over his freedom and proceeds to use his education as a verbal weapon against the authority figure. Even when Mr. Chiu was told that he had no evidence, no witnesses in his favor and shown the written statements of witnesses there at the scene, Mr. Chiu vehemently continues his argument in a disrespectful manner. The authorities may or may not have handled the initial confrontation poorly but after this...
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