The latest attacks suggest that middle-aged men are struggling to cope in capitalist China. — MB
Loren Coleman suspects the wave of school killings by older males that horrified the Chinese in April, hasn’t ended:
“I have pointed out that in China and Japan, due to their strict firearms laws, such countries tend to manifest their ‘copycat school violence’ in terms of ‘stabbing’ series. Will this current stabbing spree spread to Japan or other Asian nations?”
The attacks, as Coleman suggests (noting what precipitated the attacks, and how they ended), probably reflect an increase suicidal behavior amongst Chinese men, many of whom are struggling to get ahead within their new, ruthless, economy.
Japan and South Korea already lead much of the world in suicides.
Alas, the most recent World Health Organization data for China is 11 years old.
In 1999, the suicide rate for men over 65 was four-to-five times higher than for their middle-aged cohorts. My bet is that the 40-something set has been closing that gap.