All he did was buy a woman French fries. And now he's famous.
California-native Jason Loose, 22, is currently interning with a sports brand company at Nanjing University.
A passerby captured Loose's simple act of kindness of buying a homeless woman French fries on a hot day. The story went viral on Chinese microblogging sites, with Loose dubbed the "French Fry Brother," Xinhua News Agency reports.
The video shows Loose talking to the woman — he speaks Mandarin fluently — pouring water into her glass and providing her with food.
"I just gave some food that isn't really even healthy to an old woman and talked with her for a few minutes," Loose told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview. "I don't see much that's newsworthy about that."
Surprised by the sudden media attention, Loose told Xinhua News Agency he feels "extremely shy, as it was just an encounter with someone in need. They (the beggars) are just like us, and they deserve respect and social concern."
Loose's generosity earned him recognition as a hero, challenging the natives of a country known for its "growing social apathy."
"It was such a heartwarming scene, but brought by a foreign young man, who offers his love, care and trust to a stranger in need," username Hunlizhuchiquhui wrote on China's Twitter-like micro-blogging site, Sina Weibo, according to Xinhua. "It makes me reflect on whether I could do what he does."
Loose insists that he's not unique, having seen the same sort of generosity from the Chinese people.
"Love, at its most fundamental level, knows no borders," Loose said.
"In my experiences with China, there have been numerous sweet and warm scenes in public. People offer seats to the elderly and to children, and many people like to give money or food to beggars. They are not indifferent."