Friday, May 18, 2012

Get Whitey!

Wall Street Journal
With a surge of anti-foreigner bile rising in Beijing, one might expect a prominent Chinese TV personality whose job it is to interview foreigners to weigh in with a few calming words.

One would be dead wrong.

In a rather perplexing move this week, Chinese Central Television host Yang Rui added a dose of poison to an already vitriolic debate about the behavior of foreigners in the Chinese capital by posting a message online in which he accused foreign spies in the city of pursuing Chinese women to cover up their activities, blamed Western residents for encouraging Chinese people to move abroad and appeared to take a certain vulgar delight in the recent expulsion of al-Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan.

A full translation of the message, posted Wednesday to his verified account on popular Twitter-like microblogging service Sina Weibo:

The Public Security Bureau wants to clean out the foreign trash: To arrest foreign thugs and protect innocent girls, they need to concentrate on the disaster zones in [student district] Wudaokou and [drinking district] Sanlitun. Cut off the foreign snake heads. People who can’t find jobs in the U.S. and Europe come to China to grab our money, engage in human trafficking and spread deceitful lies to encourage emigration. Foreign spies seek out Chinese girls to mask their espionage and pretend to be tourists while compiling maps and GPS data for Japan, Korea and the West. We kicked out that foreign bitch and closed Al-Jazeera’s Beijing bureau. We should shut up those who demonize China and send them packing.

This is the original posting in Chinese:

This is just so weird. His job is to interview foreigners yet this is how he views his guests?! This is the problem with a totalitarian dictatorship... people parroting the party line for political reasons often go overboard in their "support" of the government. Does he really feel this way or is he sucking up to his political bosses. Either way, I wouldn't want to appear on his show (I know, he wasn't going to ask me anyway).

Let see, I've dated two Chinese girls in China, pulled out my Blackberry so I can use Google Maps w/GPS, converted some US money to RMB, and tried to ask about Liu Xiaobo after he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Hmm, that must make me "foreign trash" even though I get treated as local trash when I'm in China.


Looking at the English translation of his Weibo post, I see the words "foreign bitch" in reference to Al-Jazeera's Beijing bureau; he must be talking about Melissa Chan. I looked up 泼妇 in Google Translate (bitch) and Nciku (shrew; vixen) and it seems to be properly translated. How unprofessional. She was obviously kicked out because the CCP didn't like her reporting embarrassing stories, and unlike Yang Rui, doesn't take orders from they party's propaganda department.

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