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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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another day, another scmp anti mainland ****.
did you take the short bus?
Is there any lies or exageration? If the Chinese who go abraod paid more attention it would be better for all Chinese and for the places they visit beginning with Hong Kong.
You should've seen the vitriol the Canucks rolled for the HK immigrants in the 1980s at their habits. Should'nt call the kettle black.
And the current year is?...
Firstly, Richmond is a Canadian municipality, not Chinese. Lets not make any mistake about that.
Secondly, the Hongkongers who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s weren't Chinese but Hong Kong people. The vast majority of Hongkongers gained Chinese nationality on 1 July 1997 whether they wanted it or not.
And finally most would agree that the Chinese certainly have carved out a bad reputation for themselves that most Hongkongers don't want to be associated with.
There is no question about it..........only mainlanders do these type of things..........if the Canadians don't like this type of stuff, shouldn't let so much mainlanders immigrate into their country.
Simple as that............
my great people of great place always have great living habbits
Okay I read the balance of reactions mentioned in the article, but don't you think it's a bit sensationalist to headline the article "...anti-China vitriol flows"?
Must be a mainlander, very typical of what they do!!!




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