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Picture of boy urinating in Vancouver bin sparks anti-China vitriol

'Mainland Chinese' blamed after photos of young child's act in a Vancouver mall go viral on web

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 August, 2013, 1:31pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 10:58am

Photos of a small boy urinating into a rubbish bin in an upmarket Canadian shopping mall have sparked a debate about standards of behaviour in the Vancouver satellite city of Richmond, North America's most Chinese municipality.

Photos of the Asian boy with his pants around his knees at the Richmond Centre mall, steadied by a woman as he stands on the rim of the bin, provoked a fierce reaction after they were posted by Twitter user Brandon Beavis. The vehement response mirrors that which followed an incident in Hong Kong last month, when a Putonghua-speaking girl urinated on an MTR train.

This kind of undignified behaviour is common amongst Mainlanders
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The images of the boy, aged about two or three, went viral this week and were the subject of a report on the main CBC news bulletin on Thursday night.

Internet reaction focused on the ethnicity of the child and woman - and varied according to the proclaimed ethnicity of some respondents. Some said such behaviour was typical of "Asians" or "Chinese", but the fiercest reaction came from people who identified themselves as Hongkongers or Canadian Chinese, and said they were certain the pair in the photo were mainland Chinese. There was nothing in the photos to prove this.

The responses reflect changes in the demography of Vancouver and its satellite city of Richmond, which have seen waves of Chinese migration, first from Hong Kong in the 1980s and 1990s, followed by even greater numbers of mainlanders in recent years. Richmond is now about 50 per cent Chinese by ethnicity.

"That is not how normal civilised people behave, and it is inexcusable," wrote SkinnyPupp, whose profile on the Revscene website - a car modification site popular with young Vancouver Asians - listed his hometown as Hong Kong. "This is not a 3rd world country", wrote another Revscene user.

A posting on the Vancitybuzz news website prompted "Embarrassed Chinese-Canadian" to suggest that the ethnicity of the Richmond Centre pair was obvious. "Why not go one step further and say Mainland Chinese," the user wrote.

"This kind of undignified behaviour is common amongst Mainlanders in Hong Kong. I can't have a conversation with my cousin in Hong Kong without him telling me at least once how much the Mainlanders are mucking up the city," wrote Canucks Star, a member of a fan forum for the Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team.

Some users unfamiliar with discontent over the supposed behaviour of mainlanders in Hong Kong were confused by the ferocity of the reaction.

The CBC report noted that going "diaper free" had long been practised in China and a veteran foreign correspondent said "manners … and the standard of toilets" in rural China were "very different" to those in Canada.

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Dai Muff
Do a Google search on "Child Pees in Shanghai Subway, Father Argues with Angry Crowd". You will discover that it is not only non-Chinese who find this behaviour uncivilised.
ssslmcs01
It should be noted that many Shanghai people also don't like the wai sheng ren flooding there city. Some of my classmates at H.K. Poly U are Shanghai people and they told me that they don't like them coming to Shanghai anymore than Hong Kong people like them coming to Hong Kong.
bolshoi
@ssslmcs01
These Shanghainese are just as small-minded as some Hongkongers like yourself. Not only do great minds think alike, petty ones too. :)
pseudotriton
So what you're saying is that Hong Kong people are really not that different from mainland Chinese after all.
wilfredo.garrido
On the other hand, why are you Canadians, British and French falling all over yourselves attracting Chinese tourists? At least, we in PH aren't hypocritical - the Chinese boycott our tourism, we shrug. You take their money, smile and be hospitable.
mercedes2233
Yes, you may shrug, but you then rush to HK to work as maids.
pseudotriton
What you talking about? Mainland Chinese are currently the largest group of tourists visiting the Philippines, ever since HK put up the travel alert after the Philippine gov't grossly mishandled the hostage incident. I personally don't see what the appeal of that third world island country is, but apparently many Chinese do, and continue sending you their money. So quit whining already.
Dai Muff
People take my money when I travel too. I still consider it is only civilised to follow THEIR culture when I am in THEIR home.
batwong
Most Chinese tourists are nouveau riches. They have not had the luxury of going to private schools and learn etiquettes. However, since they benefit HK's economy significantly, I am happy to put up with their shortcomings. I hope Hongkongers should put up and shutup.
ssslmcs01
Would you mind explaining how the mainlanders have benefited Hong Kong's economy significantly?
Causing inflation that has made it nearly impossible for the majority of Hong Kong people to purchase a flat, in fact inflating the price of nearly everything in Hong Kong. And, causing a shortage of commodities such as infant milk formula.
As a resident of North District I have to put up with the visitors from the mainland on a daily basis. It is easy for a person living far away from the problem to say they are "happy to put up with their shortcomings" when they don't have to deal with them (the shortcomings).
There are two possibilities, you are among the one percent (the richest Hongkongers) or you have no clue what you are talking about.
In response to "batwong": Are you comparing tourism to hoarding goods? People who spend a wee in Canada or France are likely staying in a hotel and going sightseeing. Spending money on meals shopping etc. That can't be compared to the nuisance parallel traders cause clogging up the streets and trains in N. District.

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