So what has been trending there? Talk of "American French Fry Brother" — otherwise known as Jason Loose. (He also goes the Chinese name Lu Jiesen.) The recent graduate from Arizona State is currently in Nanjing.
Jason bought a bag of McDonald's french fries for a homeless woman there, and then he poured her some water. A bystander took photos of the act, and the images have been rocketing around Chinese cyberspace, where someone lovingly called this new hero, "American French Fry Brother."
Besides being popular on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, there's also been coverage in newspapers and on TV.
Why the hubbub over a simple act?
Jason says many Chinese correspondents have told him that Chinese society has grown cold and uncaring, and when China saw someone from outside the country doing a nice thing on their home turf, it struck a nerve.
I have another theory. Maybe the Chinese were desperate for a shred of good news.