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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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pseudotriton
Are you gonna pay for all those kids' upbringing?
aplucky1
care to put your money where that big fat mouth of yours is ?
did not think so
feel very sorry for your wife-yes i know u r a woman
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.
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 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.
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?
johnh
"do you think Caucasians can tell or even care about the difference between HKer's and mainlanders"
Why else do you think it ****es everyone off? (No pun intended)
ssslmcs01
Most whites can tell the difference between Hongkongers and Chinese by their hairstyle. Even the rich Chinese more often than not opt for the buzz cut rather than styling their hair. And of course the language difference.

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