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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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batwong
I am sorry to hear as a resident of N District you have to put up with those dreadful mainland visitors on a daily basis. Must be tough. However, if mainland visitors do not contribute to our economy, why then , as one blogger commented, do countries such as Canada, Britain, France ( among others ) fall over themselves to attract Chinese tourists ? Ah, I get it. The governments of all those countries don't have a clue either.
mistergreggreen
@batwong
Compare apples with apples. A week in France can't be compared to 10000 people flooding N. District every hour of the day and returning to SZ within an hour or two.
ssslmcs01
There is a big diference between people spending a week in Canada, hotel, transportation, meals etc. and people visiting N. District for an hour to buy cart loads of infant milk formula and clog up our sidewalks and PASSENGER trains with freight.
ssslmcs01
There is a big difference between people traveling to a country to go sightseeing, stay in hotels and buy meals which is what they do when they go to those overseas countries. Even then citizens in those countries complain about inflation when lare sums of money flow into the real estate market casing inflation. Especially when some portion of the money came from quetionable sources.
The people who come over to N. District buy a few commodities such as infant milk formula or rice. Because they buy it for resdistribution on the other side of the border they will buy the entire supply in every shop in N. District. Then there is the careless behavior of these individuals pushing large carts blindly down the crowded streets of N. District with no regard for the other pedestrians whatsoever. Don't forget how they transport their frieght back to SZ, on a passenger train.
And as I mentioned before, the people who have invested money, much/some of which came from questionable sources has inflated the pric of real estate in Hong Kong and pushed up the price of everything else with it. Have you been out for a meal at Tai Fai Wu lately? The menu prices for lunch and dinner have gone up by 30% in recent months.
batwong
I am sorry to hear that as a resident of N District you have to put up with those dreadful mainland visitors on a daily basis. Must be tough. However, if the mainland visitors do not contribute to HK's economy, why then , as one blogger commented, do countries such as Canada, Britain, France ( among others ) fall over themselves to attract Chinese tourists ? Ah, I get it. All those governments don't have a clue either.
wilfredo.garrido
That is why we do not want Chinese tourists in our country, PH. They see our beautiful islands, blues skies, waters teeming with fish, and they think we are a province of China. Worse, others intrude into our territory outright and destroy our corals and steal endangered species.
mercedes2233
So Filipinos don't want Chinese people in your country. So why are so many of you anxious to come and settle in HK and work for Chinese families?
docomo
That is why we do not want whites in our country, China. They see our beautiful islands, blues skies, waters teeming with fish, and they think we should be part of their territory. Worse, others intrude into our territory outright and raid our museums and kill our people. - Chinese citizen, Guangdong, 1897
Dai Muff
He's from the Philippines so probably hardly white. And if you got blue skies and waters teeming with fish, it could only be 1897.
wilfredo.garrido
Interesting, Docomo. Is this a real quotation from a Guangdong citizen, circa 1897? If so, how far China has fallen, no blue skies, no waters teeming with fish.

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