A Chinese nun faces backlash online for donating a fortune to charity while her daughter struggled to pay her college tuition.
According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), criticism erupted on social media after a vlogger interviewed the Buddhist nun on a Shanghai street and posted it to Chinese video platform Juliu Video. In the clip, the woman revealed that she converted to Buddhism in 2019 and donated all of her money and property, leaving nothing to her parents or daughter.
The nun received 5.88 million yuan ($822,000) from the sale of her home, which she also donated to charity. Although her parents supported her decision, the woman said her daughter did not understand her decision.
“After I became a nun, I sold my house and donated all the money, without leaving a penny to my parents or my daughter. My parents generally look at things on the bright side. They said it’s your money It’s your business how to spend it. However, my daughter doesn’t understand my decision,” she reportedly said in the video.
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The nun also explained that her daughter had to take out student loans to pay for her studies. “She (the daughter) said that when she graduates from university, she will take tests for some qualification certificates. Years later, she could get married or buy an apartment, so she hopes her mother can help her a little bit financially,” said the nun. .
The woman went on to say that many members of her family were suspicious of her religious conversion and did not support her decision to give away her wealth. She described the place she now loves as “a deep corner in a forest”.
From SCMP, on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo, the nun’s video has been viewed millions of times. While some internet users supported her decision to give away her wealth, others said the nun should have helped her daughter with education costs.
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“I don’t understand at all. If you don’t want to leave money to your daughter, why did you give birth to her? You’re just avoiding responsibility,” one user wrote. “She’s crazy and extremely selfish!” remarked another.
A third person commented, “You don’t help your own family, how can you help others?” “A good Buddhist believer, but not a good mother,” said another.
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