“I contacted the consulate general again Tuesday, but a woman told me she was very, very busy,” Tang said. “After repeated requests, she promised to provide the relevant papers as soon as possible, but I was told the U.S. Government would not pay for Chung’s funeral.”
Shenzhen Daily, Liu Minxia reported that "THE body of a Chinese-American remained in a Shenzhen funeral home one month after he died alone and penniless because no one would pay the funeral expenses, yesterday’s Southern Metropolis Daily reported.
Wai-kee Chung, 65, died on Oct. 11 in a rented apartment in Longgang District. His body was taken to the funeral home by his partner the same day, the report said.
Chung was childless and had lived in Shenzhen for many years, a director of the Shenzhen funeral home, surnamed Tang, was quoted as saying.
His partner, Dai, who had lived together with Chung for seven years, wanted to give Chung a funeral but was told she had no right because they had not married."