Chinese Consulate in USA Set on Fire, Netizen Reactions

The scene of the fire burning at the front door of Chinese Consulate.

On QQ, NetEase, Sohu, and Sina:

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco Set on Fire, China Makes Representations to the U.S.

ChinaNews January 2 report — According to information posted on the official website of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, at 21:25 local time January 1st (editor’s note: 13:25 Beijing time January 2), a man coming out of a van parked outside the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco splashed two barrels of gasoline at the front entrance door of the consulate general and set it on fire, causing severe damage to it. The San Francisco Police Department, Fire Department, United States Bureau of State Diplomatic Security, and other departments rushed to the scene immediately to address the situation. At present, the incident is still under investigation.

The scene of the incident.

Picture is of the scene of the incident.

This arson is a malicious destructive act towards the Chinese consulates in the U.S., severely damaging the facilities of the consulate, threatening the safety of consulate personnel and nearby residents, and China strongly condemnation this.

The Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco has already made representations to the U.S., urging the U.S. to earnestly fulfill its obligations, protect the safety of both the Chinese consular premises and its people, as well as quickly solve the case and bring the perpetrator to justice.

The scene of the fire burning at the front door of Chinese Consulate.

The damaged front entrance door of Chinese Consulate General.

The damaged front entrance door of Chinese Consulate General.

The damaged front entrance door of Chinese Consulate General.

Comments from NetEase:

网易安徽省淮南市网友 ip:114.100.*.*:

Sitting here waiting for the U.S. State Department female spokesperson to declare their position.

网易日本手机网友 ip:126.254.*.*:

Protest, strongly protest!

网易海南省海口市手机网友 ip:202.100.*.*:

Quick, come and sternly protest.

网易北京市手机网友 ip:114.242.*.*:

Strongly denounce/condemn!

网易浙江省宁波市手机网友 ip:115.216.*.*:

Protest!

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Comments from QQ:

@为爱『炽狂:

[The United States] must give an account for this, otherwise who would dare go to America in the future? There should be mutual respect between major powers.

Tom1:

This news report consists of only a few words, and I think the truth of what happened is far more complicated than what has been reported, with the following being my reasons:

First, as we all know, a country’s embassy must always have troops guarding it, let alone a consulate general. That several “kitty cats” carrying a gas canister dared to be so bold, I don’t know if it is because these “kitty cats” were squeezed on the head by a door [were stupid/crazy] or if there are other untold factors involved.

Second, the Chinese Consulate General is on Imperialist America’s soil and just from media reports alone, you can see Imperialist America’s attitude is always one of “hiding-a-dagger-behind-a-smile”, so such a clumsy burning of the main door obviously doesn’t fit Imperialist America’s style, and even suspiciously feels like it was trying to slap Imperialist America in the face [embarrass it]. Even an Imperialist America that has eaten too much KFC would not make such a stupid mistake.

Condemnation is the inevitable diplomatic measure. Who says we are only capable of fighting with our mouths? Shouting about war and killing all the time… that’s what Fatty Kim III does.

⑨o后、玩世不恭:

After the perpetrators are caught, hand them over to China!!

2449182381:

Why don’t I see any security outside the consulate? Look at American consulates in China, armed police on duty all day long.

夸克:

Terrorists, just like the small [bad] people in life. It’s like those illegal/malicious tour guides in Thailand or other foreign countries, you can’t say all of Thailand’s tourism industry is bad and ask our countrymen to not visit Thailand just because you have been scammed by an illegal/malicious tour guide in Thailand. With this kind of situation, the best thing to do is deepen cooperation between nations, increase the efforts in fighting against [terrorism], and always be on the guard. For a situation like this to happen, it also proves that China is growing more powerful. After all, the more powerful a nation gets, the more it participates in international affairs, the more enemies it will make. The tall tree attracts the wind!!!

正在★刷新:

Perhaps this is another country employing people trying to drive a wedge [between China and America]? Is it necessary for America to do something like this? Before things are made clear through investigation, we must not be blindly fooled by what is on the surface, but the matter happened in America, so America cannot avoid responsibility.

寂寞:

Hope America can find the evil behind-the-scenes manipulator responsible for this as soon as possible, and give an explanation to us. China and America should respect each other, make peace with each other in order to create a win-win situation. This is the only way.

17357608911:

Between the righteous and evil, the righteous will always be attacked by the evil. May our motherland’s position in the world be as high and as bright as the sun!

孤傲仙:

“No big deal? It was done by a crazy person! Hope the people of China remain cool,” says the U.S. State Department.

谁的等待、恰逢花开:

America should do more to ensure the safety of the consulates of other countries [on American soil], in order to provide a secure working environment for those who work overseas for the exchange and development between nations.

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Comments from Sina:

手机用户 [江苏南京]:

Hope the U.S. authorities severely punish the perpetrators involved, strictly follow the Geneva Convention on Consular Relations, strictly follow the duty of protecting foreign embassies and consulates!!!

装饺子的茶壶 [安徽芜湖]:

I reckon it was committed by an extreme racist, very likely right-wing Japanese elements.

阿宝童鞋_[安徽池州]:

The consulate was set on fire, proving that our foreign diplomacy is as strong as an iron fist. 哈哈

复旦大学永远怀念毛-主-席 [上海]:

Why is public security this bad in America? Don’t they have security guards? This was right in front of the Chinese embassy! Did [America] tacitly approve of this?

手机用户 [西藏拉萨]:

Looks like America that boasts of its democracy has already rotten beyond saving! Ultra-nationalism and terrorism have already propagated and spread on American soil! The time of turmoil and unrest approaches for American society!

手机用户 [安徽合肥]:

The U.S. government bears responsibility.

手机用户 [广东深圳]:

This is America. This is the country that boasts about its democracy on a daily basis. Our Chinese compatriots must think deeply. When American devils are so despicable, we must be on our guard!

手机用户 [河北石家庄]:

Seeing Americans set our consulate on fire, we Chinese people are furious. Is this the western civilization you Americans flaunt/brag about?!

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Comments from Sohu:

西门官人 [搜狐浙江省温州市网友]:

America is in fact the biggest scoundrel of a country in the world, as well as the biggest terrorists training base. Protest!

钓鱼岛是中国的 [搜狐四川省成都市网友]:

Demand that America strictly investigate [the cause for this incident].

一个人远走高飞 [搜狐山西省网友]:

Condemn…

饭醉分子 [搜狐辽宁省盘锦市网友]:

Perhaps yet again there is someone behind all this.

北斗指路 [搜狐河北省石家庄市网友]:

Who set the fire? Catch him and execute him by shooting.

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  • Archie

    Maybe it is just me, but my initial thoughts were that is was Chinese who did this.

    • Jobjed

      Well…. 20% of humanity is Chinese so you have a 20% chance of being correct without factoring in other variables.

    • filabusta

      Yeah that’s exactly what I thought at first… Somebody is angry at the CCP. Similar to whoever spray painted the character for demolish on the Chinese embassy. It was either an overseas Chinese or somebody who is familiar with Chinese characters and culture.

      • the ace of books

        This. If you’ve no reason or deep conviction, why would you take the risk of such an action?

    • mr.wiener

      Who else would have cause to hate the Chinese govt so much?

      • MeiDaxia

        Uighurs. 1000% Uighur Chinese who are persecuted solely for being Muslim. They would have more than just cause for doing this. Especially since in the last 2 weeks there have been attacks in Xinjiang, and retaliation by the government killing several Uighurs.

        • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

          And China pretty much blocking all news about the said incidents in China

        • ElectricTurtle

          There are plenty of Hui Chinese who aren’t persecuted at all despite being Muslims. The CCP doesn’t like Uighurs because they are separatists militating for an independent Turkmenistan, not “solely for being Muslim”. Just as the CCP doesn’t crack down on all Buddhists just because Tibetan separatists happen to be Buddhists.

          • MeiDaxia

            Intelligent response?! What is this, Wikipedia?!

            Thanks for pointing that out, as I did grossly oversimplify the reality. I do think, though, that the Hui are more easily accepted because they are indiscernable from most Chinese, but Uighur stick out quite obviously. Their ancestors were part of the Qing and Tang dynasties through treaty, but they are part of modern China through assumption and force, much the same as Tibet, again in my own opinion.

            This is also why democracy would never work in China, because I believe the second Tibet and Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia get a vote, they would secede and rob the country of their valuable resources. What do you think?

          • ElectricTurtle

            Democracy is not the same thing as freedom or self-determination, it’s just the majority getting what it wants. The majority of Chinese are Han, and the majority of the population of Inner Mongolia and even Xinjiang are Han too. Indeed it may be why Uighurs are more violent than other separatists, they know that even if they could vote on things they would no longer constitute a majority.

            This is all orchestrated by the central government of course, which has done much to encourage “resettlement”, but decrying motives won’t change effects. If Tibet is “Hanified” (“Hanized”?) before significant political reforms there will be little rational concern for a purely political independence movement.

    • Archie

      Told you so!

    • Granted

      It has just been reported by the US police that it was a Chinese national who did this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25631150

  • Wololoo

    I always thought the security personell is in front of the embassys for the reason, that chinese persons don’t flee into embassys like the police officer of the Bo Xilai-case.

    • andao

      yeah, i always thought the Chinese police outside foreign embassies was to monitor what goes on, not to protect it. at least the US embassies/consulates i’ve been to, there’s always US soldiers within (I assume) to protect the staff inside.

  • JackElliot

    If only they knew the Chinese consulate in San Francisco is literally right next to Japan-town… lol

    • JZ

      Perhaps they purposely omitted to “contain and control” the situation?
      Maybe?
      just a thought.

  • Joey

    Do they really think every consulate has armed guards? Maybe it’s needed in China (especially after the shit that happened in Chengdu), but the USA is the exception, not the rule.

    • Zappa Frank

      Don’t know..in Florence there are no guards in front of the chinese consulate but there are in front of the american one.
      in shanghai i’ve seen guards in front of US and Iran consulate but not in front of the German and French ones.

      • Gordon Gogodancer

        That’s because we can’t afford guards in front of ours. The US has the financial means of not having their host country take to much liberties. I believe the US used an American construction company to build their embassy in Beijing. It’s more expensive than a Chinese one but its the only way they can make sure the Chinese haven’t bugged the whole fucking place up. I don’t see France having the money to ask Bouygues to build its embassies and consulates all around the world

    • bprichard

      If you go to the embassies in DC, there are always armed guards, but I don’t think this is the case for consulates. I don’t think some of the commenters quoted above are aware of the difference between the two things. A consulate is just a bureaucratic building.

      • diverdude7

        Exactly. To any and all out there who have followed tis story and are interested int this sort of thing, please be aware that Consulate and Embassy are hugely different entities.
        Simple explanation is that a Consulate attends to the affairs of citizens whilst an Embassy attends to the affairs of the State.

    • Michael Timothy

      China has a consulate in DC on Wisconsin Avenue that is always very busy issuing travel visas etc. There are no armed guards there unlike the embassy on Connecticut Avenue.

  • http://yoursexycousinrex.tumblr.com/ Your Sexy Cousin Rex

    so a couple of aunties took a few extra cans of food and the consulate gets al-qaeda’ed rofl

    • Nick in Beijing

      I hadn’t even considered the possibility of a connection between the two incidents. Interesting!

      • Kai

        Unless there is new information, it’s not impossible but seems very unlikely. The canned food thing happened like over 2 weeks ago. cS actually got a tip about it through our Facebook page on the 22nd of December but Joe only noticed it making a blip on the Chinese internet the day before his post was published.

        If I was pissed at the Chinese government or nation for the actions of a few opportunist Asian old ladies, I’d probably have set the embassy on fire much sooner after the KRON4 report aired.

        If we want to speculate, you guys know how there were protests/marches for democracy in HK on New Year’s Day? Could this act of arson been tied to it by an HKer in the States? Hah, this is wild speculation but at least the timing makes a bit more sense than tying it to the Glide church incident.

        • Nick in Beijing

          I hadn’t heard of the protest marches in HK during New Years.

          I was mostly only replying to Rex’s post. However if we keep running with that line of logic (that the arson was in response to the canned food thing), the arson could have been a simple lashing out at the only symbol of Chinese in SF that the arson could think of at the moment.

          Setting fire to a door isn’t exactly a brilliant act of defiance, so who knows what the arson had in mind when the act was committed.

          That all being said, your suggestion that the arson could be related to the HK protests makes a bit more sense.

          • Kai

            I probably would’ve thought of Chinatown before the PRC consulate.

            Given that the building has like a stone/brick (concrete on brick? with paint?) face, I’d probably set fire to the door as well or any entrance point hoping that it or what’s behind it is more flammable than the wall.

            …NOT that I’m a pyro or anything..

      • Gordon Gogodancer

        Me neither

  • Markoff

    so now even Chinese doors self immolate?

    • Nessquick Choco

      good point, ;-)

  • Chris

    And yet they cheered when a Chinese man beheaded a passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada.

    • TJDubs

      That was one grisly episode. Do you have a link to some of this cheering, perhaps?

    • KamikaziPilot

      Dumbass post. There were Americans who wanted to kill Japanese people after the Japan women’s team won the World Cup. What’s your point? That there are idiots everywhere.

    • Kai

      What is this dishonesty? Who is “they” exactly? And were they of any statistical significance next to the overwhelming majority of Chinese people who were mortified by that attack?

  • vonskippy

    What a big stink about nothing. Boohoo their door got burnt.

    Guess the Chinese just happen to forget the 10 billion yen worth of damage they did to Japanese businesses in China last September when they had their semi-annual Japan bashing protest.

    China netizens resemble Dumb and Dumber more every day.

    • the ace of books

      I’m not going to defend their behavior, but I am going to point out: this is how Nationalism works. What’s convenient to notice gets noticed. What’s inconvenient gets glossed over or dismissed. And every country has people who do it, to different degrees.

    • Edward_Crowley

      Technically, it is not even their “door”. I was under the impression the hosting nation of a consulate or embassy foots the bill for it, and it’s upkeep, therefore it is the american taxpayer and state that is out of pocket.

      • Myk

        Every country pays for it’s own embassies. Could you imagine the potential for diplomatic problems if it would be as you said? i.e. “Why did country A get a nicer/more expansive embassy than country B …”?

        • Edward_Crowley

          But security and upkeep is the responsibility of the host nation, no?

  • socali

    This act against a consulate should be condemned. No embassy even the locust embassy should ever be targeted. However, I do recognize that there is a lot of anger against China’s government. I just wish the perpetrators would have done their protest in a more responsible way. We all know the brainwashed Chinese netizens love to puff out their chests at anyone nowadays.

  • Insomnicide

    Ironic that your comment and the comments below yours are blaming every single Chinese person for the actions of one or two individuals who happened to be of Chinese ethnicity.

    • Cameron

      Nah, Wang DN is correct. Not all, but a large proportion of Chinese do immediately adopt their default China Vs Foreign Country position whenever any individual in a foreign country “harms” China in any way. This is supposed to be a budding superpower but many people have the mentality of North Korea via a vis “The West”.

      This is largely because education about other countries has a massive agenda behind it – as must necessarily be the case in a communist nation.

  • Insomnicide

    America is a terrorist training place.
    Don’t you know that terrorist organizations all over the world have been taught by CIA professionals?

  • Insomnicide

    If a Chinese person burned down the American consulate in China, he’d be shot immediately. Or every person on the internet would be asking for him to be shot.

    • Myk

      They tried that in ’99 here in Guangzhou, but could no get in, since it’s build like a fortress. So they went to the German one instead, broke a few windows, looted the public visa office, smashed a few a computers. They could not get through a security door into the actual consulate, if i remember correctly. Anyway, that was the reason why the consulate then moved into a Hotel. Does anyone know if they actually ever managed to get any of the guys and what happened to them?

  • FYIADragoon

    Its always funny to watch them get all nationalistic (a term that has very little to do with the positive aspects of patriotism).

  • Cameron

    Am I alone in finding Netizens obsession with “China becoming more powerful” somewhat worrying? I mean I want my country to become more prosperous so that we can have a better standard of living. But I get the feeling that’s not what netizens are aspiring for. Many seem far more preoccupied with their countries ability to potentially engage Japan/US militarily than, like, living in a country where most people have a comparable lifestyle to a Japanese/American citizen.

    • ex-expat

      Pretty scary indeed.

    • Gordon Gogodancer

      You will be reassured when you realise that people who think like that are just frustrated worker bees living a shit life. However there are many and that’s not reassuring.

    • Gordon Gogodancer

      This article talks about the similarities between the geopolitical situation of the world in 1914 and now. I hope you understand French. http://lagrandeguerre.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/01/05/1914-2014-meme-combat/
      The author speaks about how unlikely a world war is today. The prosperity, the communications, the COMMON INTERESTS, etc. He also mentions that the world before WWI was also very interconnected and prosperous as it is today and how people indeed thought that war was IMPOSSIBLE. It happened anyway and all the different alliances created a chain reaction

  • ex-expat

    The comments….so bad. #facepalm

    • the ace of books

      I’m tempted to downvote this on principle of “oh god why with the gratuitous hashtags D: “. (but I won’t, because I’m nice like that.)

      [the Ace has an axe to grind whee]

      • ex-expat

        Lol someone did downvote it! What’s wrong with the occasional hashtag? I think if used sparingly it can be a way to mix things up.

  • Sleepy

    What exactly are they appealing to be protested? USA as a whole? Crazy individuals? I don’t understand why these are the top comments.

    • the ace of books

      What you see here is the directionless, nonspecific, outward-facing anger of Nationalism at work. It’s easy to flare up and easy to support because it has no specific aim – it’s a generalized roar at the outside world. Many countries have people, parties, or groups that do this; it’s not specific to China alone. What you see here is just China’s brand of it.

    • Kai

      They’re protesting that such a thing was “allowed” to happen, and the US government for not protecting their consulate. There are quite a few reasons for why these are the top comments and many of them have nothing to do with the comments representing what actual Chinese netizens think.

      That said, it isn’t unlikely for many Chinese netizens to think an attack on their country’s consulate is entirely insignificant. A country’s consulate is a symbol of the country and all things politics. A lot of people care about politics, including those that would light a consulate on fire and those who would find their consulate lit on fire worrisome about how their country is perceived by others.

  • Cameron

    It’s incredible some of these netizens can walk given the size of the chip theyre carrying on their shoulders about the US/ democracy etc. But superpower or no, I guess when your per capita income is still around a fifth of many these nations it’s hard not too feel a bit pissed!

  • Lord_Helmet

    Well let us play the scenario game. What if they catch the people/person who are responsible and they turn out to be of Chinese dissent? Japanese (scary)? an American? What will the reactions be from the chinese?

    • Gordon Gogodancer

      Easy! Chinese traitor, manipulated by foreign scum ideology! Isn’t it OBVIOUS! :p

  • Jay K.

    haha this was hilarious. i see the 50 cent party were hard at work

  • slurms mackenzie

    its called being extremely nationalistic

  • ElectricTurtle

    Yeah well, there was that little incident in Tehran… and Beirut and Nairobi and Dar es Salaam… and the two dozen other incidents. Aside from the “accidental” bombing of the PRC embassy in Belgrade, PRC embassies have generally (and somewhat surprisingly) been left untargeted.

    • TJDubs

      And Benghzazi! Don’t forget Benghazi!

    • JankyFosci

      Surprising? The US is by far the most hated country in the world per global surveys.

      • ElectricTurtle

        A couple decades ago I probably would have responded with Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

        However in the aftermath of the “War on Terror” and its attendant totalitarian and unilateral overtones, I think the US has pretty much spent all its moral capital and is trying to run even further on a deficit. What’s worse is nobody is even trying to pull the breaks on the train. “Collateral murder”? NSA? Kill the messenger. Hell, between trying to give amnesty to illegal aliens and killing American citizens with drones, our President seems bent on making himself a modern day Caracalla.

        • JankyFosci

          Well to be honest I don’t really think it’s Obama’s fault. Most US presidents have been involved in some pretty shady shit. The two parties only differ really on stances like abortion and gay marriage. They may SAY different things but somehow they often act in the same ways.

  • Foreign Devil

    Who wants to lay bets that this was done by someone of Chinese or Tibetan descent?

    • ponquenet

      They’ll just call him a traitor to the motherland, no matter where he was born or how many generations of his family were.

  • Wodowsan

    The Chinese comments make it sound like foreign embassies in China have never been assaulted.

  • Foreign Devil

    The Chinese consulate in Toronto has Falun Dafa F-Gong people outside it handing out pamphlets every single day of the year. Also has big gate and guards

    • TJDubs

      FG would have been my first guess, given their staunch opposition to the CCP. However, its practitioners seem to be more interested in synchronized dancing than in violence.

  • TAKE5

    San Francisco is a small city at night, most of the people that work in it don’t live there. This happen at night in a small town that is why they had no guards. Its like a childish prank, many Chinese from China are childish.

  • the ace of books

    An isolated incident gets blamed on the government: do I smell a lack of critical thought here? (The answer, in case you’re actually taking that non-rhetorically, is Yes.)

    Similar to what some cS commenters above said, I am far more inclined to believe that this sort of incident was perpetrated by someone with stakes in the game, as it were. It’s entirely possible it’s the work of a random arsonist, sure, but far more likely is the possibility that the person was disaffected in some way, either through direct or indirect relation to the country. There’s nothing imperialist about arson.

    As to the question of security guards: I have never seen so many security guards outside embassies as I saw in Jianguomen, and I’ve been to embassies in a fair few countries. Trying to blame the US for a dearth of security might make sense to the Chinese eye, where security guards outnumber clerks, and shop assistants outnumber customers, but it makes no sense to a Westerner, where security guards are, well, where they’re perceived to be needed. This one here I think we can put down to cultural differences — but it is unfair and illogical to suggest that that difference makes one Evil or Imperialist.

  • the ace of books

    Attacks on property are interesting? Please. Have a little human sympathy.

  • Cauffiel

    Whoa. Hostile.

  • Gordon Gogodancer

    Well some perfectly reasonable people that i know i China just give me hope for China. The problem is that those comments are just posted by frustrated dicks. Hopefully as social improvements take place in China less people will be like that. It takes time but i must admit i’m the first to be annoyed by all this agressive nonsense. Some Chinese are just impossible to talk to as they constantly feel the need to PROVE something to you and just can’t talk to you as a ordinary person. The most annoying part is that they keep on patting each other on the back saying how Chinese are welcoming and friendly while they are actually just arrogant dickheads. Some of my Chinese friends just told me i should simply avoid them, however that’s easier said than done! I’m sorry for saying an upsetting thing to the chinese people reading this, but there are so many of these narrow mined people you just CAN’T avoid them more than a day.

    • Surfeit

      Word. & are the comments not top trending? Majority rule.

  • Hang Em Man

    Chinese Consulate needs to provide armed officers to protect the site. SFPD can not just sit and babysit a building.

  • KamikaziPilot

    What measurement are you using to determine safety? Probably just spewing mindless dribble aren’t you. FYI I’d feel much safer walking at night in any of China’s cities than in your average American city.

  • 5000 years of history

    The armed guards outside embassies in China are to keep the Chinese from going in. Nobody worries about

  • Kevin Ho

    This act of arson probably links to the earlier post of “Chinese In San Francisco Resell Donated Food” (which was only a day apart) and that some hungry people were frustrated toward the Chinese community.

  • nqk123

    finally someone notice. I thought it would take forever for someone to brought this up.

  • Dax

    Could be the flipside result of all the indoctrination they receive that a foreign criticism of the party/government is a criticism of all of China and all Chinese people.

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  • mr.wiener

    I was on a train in China once and the people in the bench opposite me told their kid to “Be quiet or the lao wai will eat you”.
    I’d probably be pretty pissed if someone was discussing my body odor [like sour pork to the Asian nose apparently]
    Just by the by I’d totally tap that…..if I was 20 years younger.

    • Edward_Crowley

      Arseholes.

  • Guest

    Maybe they used the same Chinese migrant workers to the electrical that they use to do all the buildings back home?

  • Guest

    Perhaps the consulate brought in the same migrant Chinese workers used to build everything back home?

  • mei mei

    wow the anti-asian (chinese) is so strong nowaday

    • Elijah

      Wow, the news coverage of china is so strong nowadays.

      • mei mei

        dont you think it’s good thing? it maybe would stop chinese immigrants (which westeners really hate)

        • Elijah

          Trying to decide whether your question or original statement is more loaded.

          Coverage of any nation is worthwhile as we increasingly become connected to each other on a global scale.

          Bad news tends to more reported because ???? (people are stupid is my guess). Therefore it follows that in order raise your public profile, you should either limit negative reports (ie: censorship that never really works for long) or decrease the number of negative things to report on (ie: actually improve things).

          I would also like to point that my wife is Asian and has just procured a Maple Card (Permanent Residence Visa) Canada thanks to me NOT hating Asian immigrants.

          The only people I believe shouldn’t be given visa’s are migrants (pronounced mee-grants here in Ottawa) who move to another country in order to exploit the resources and what they consider to be a naive/foolish culture that tends to towards charity and helping each other (ie: San Fransico aunties).

          Please infer what you believe.

          • mei mei

            idk, i heard many times that people feel threat of asian invasion (immigrants), that there are too many asians, take their jobs , buy their houses,..blah blah.tbh cant really blame them though, they have right to hate because its their own country in the first place

        • Edward_Crowley

          Who says westerners HATE chinese immigrants? Only you, take your head out of your arse, and look around once in a while FFS.

          • mei mei

            wow you didnt need to be that rude and what i said is not completely wrong

          • Edward_Crowley

            Apologies, I had just woke up. For that, I am sorry. We can talk about the UK and Chinese immigrants, yes there is racism towards them…..but not only Chinese. I defended turkish guys who ran a great late night kebab place in my hometown from idiotic white scallies who thought it was fun to abuse them based on their appearance and different language, I told the little white trashes to go elsewhere if they wanted something to eat. Why is it always chinese immigrants bashing the race card?

          • mei mei

            oh no im not using race card or whining for being racist against. i actually think cant really blame the ones who dont like immigrants. i aslo think it’s kinda suck if a city have more immigrants than actual local peoples , example Vancouver, yes i say that even i’m Chinese

          • Edward_Crowley

            Sorry if it sounded that way. I did not mean you personally are, just all immigrants have it hard. I have russian jewish ancestry, and look at how russians and jews are treated in many countries. Racist idiots attack everyone, noone is above it….

          • mei mei

            so you’re a jewish in Russia?

          • Edward_Crowley

            No, just family lineage. From England.

          • TAKE5

            Mei Mei, don’t feel sorry for the cites that have immigrants , they brought this on themselves. Some Chinese in China are unhappy about Africans in China, but hey , they are contributing to the local economy and China invited them in. All those Chinese that now own Monterey Park California is a result of all the “good folks” that sold there homes to them and invited them to control the San Gabriel Valley. I have zero sympathy for them, they were so greedy and ready to sell there shit little houses for more than they it was worth and the dumb asses did not realize they were being overtaken, but the local politicians understood very well.

          • Zappa Frank

            how did exactly cities like Rome, Paris and other Europeans big cities, where actually native are almost minorities, brought this on themselves? Most people arrived illegally and if we bought this on us? People should not sell their home to them? Something like “we not sell to Chinese/Africans/and so on”? This is illegal. We’ve been overtaken because the other option was to send back people almost dead after a tip through sahara and mediterrean sea, back in countries like Libya where you can easily figure out what would happen, or back to their countries in war.. so tell me, did we call this on ourselves?

          • ElectricTurtle

            That’s what happened to Singapore, and yet nobody’s complaining. Your attitude is too typical though of East Asian xenophobia. Actually I’d like to see the quotas on immigration abolished. I don’t care who moves where so long as they’re not criminals, which is why an immigration system is still necessary for at least a cursory level of vetting, but setting arbitrary numbers is protectionist nonsense. Hell, it could even ultimately be harming economic growth.

          • mei mei

            ” Your attitude is too typical though of East Asian xenophobia” – ??????can you explain it?

          • Zappa Frank

            Generally speaking, talking not about persons but people Who likes immigrants? I have never heard there is a developed country, or even not developed, were people do love immigrants…china less that anyone. Westerners do not dislike Asians immigrants more than any other kinds of immigrants..

          • mei mei

            yes you’re right. that’s why i said i understand that some people dont like immigrants. like if i ever go to visit Paris or Rome, it would suck if those cities are all chinese instead French and Italian

  • Kai

    It isn’t just Chinese people and yes, there are British people who generalize as well. Just look at some of the reactions to the death of Neil Heywood or whenever an expat/foreigner suffers an injustice in China. There are always some people who get riled up and broaden something unfairly.

    When Chinese “protesters/rioters” attacked French or Japanese businesses in various incidents over the past decade, there were plenty of upset French and Japanese netizens, with some of them saying similar things and expressing the belief that the Chinese government bears some amount of responsibility for such things, whether it be failure to protect foreigners or businesses in their jurisdiction or for perhaps tacitly condoning such actions.

    Your comparison of Kenya and the Philippines requires a consideration of people’s expectations of the government in each state as well as the actual factors involved. The Philippines is not seen as lawless and dangerous as Kenya so there are higher expectations resulting in greater disappointment when those expectations aren’t met. The Philippines incident was also more directly related to the actions of the police force responding to the hostage situation.

    Don’t be too disheartened. There’s a lot of idiocy on the American internet as well and the US is far ahead of China as far as being the most powerful nation on Earth.

  • Kai

    Social media comments in China are complicated by the existence of what people call the “wu mao dang”, “water army”, and of course censorship. This is on top of the internet usually being a bastion of irresponsible expressions of idiocy enabled by a sense of anonymity AND the fact that most people aren’t exactly rational creatures.

    If social media comments of less manipulated sites/countries are unreliable indicators of that site/country’s people, think how much more unreliable it is for China.

  • dadada

    you can see the falun gong signs regularly in chinatown but i never heard or know any one from guangdong practice it

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  • Gordon Gogodancer

    hahahaha that’s not nice! Oh poor people getting upset over nothing. Dickheads are dickheads, what can you do.

  • Gordon Gogodancer

    This black guy walking past me in Sichuan University turns around and says in anger to the two little girls giggling and pointing their finger at him “WO BU SHI HEIGUO REN! MEIYOU YI GE GUOJIA JIAO HEIGUO” hahaha true story, now which one worries you more? The one with a adult/adolescent white guy behaving like a prick or the one with the two Chinese children who live in a society where they haven’t learned yet that HEIGUO doesn’t exist?

    • Edward_Crowley

      they were probably wondering if all black guys have big tools, and maybe even curious?

  • HymietownHero

    Such idiotic comments from the netizens. Unable to fathom that this act of arson could be anything other than an expression of hatred by the government or people of the United States. My first thought upon hearing this story was “probably the work of a crazed Chinese person.”

    Yep.

    Yan Feng. Confessed to the police. Heard voices in his head.

    Let’s get this break in the case broadcast to the Chinese populace, right? Can someone make a new post on Netease or whatever?

  • Anon E Moose

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/fbi-voices-drove-man-accused-sf-consulate-fire-21444300

    “After turning himself into police, a Chinese national told federal authorities that he started a blaze at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco because he was hearing voices.

    Yan Feng, 39, of Daly City, said he unsuccessfully tried to use his passport to ignite gasoline he had poured on the consulate’s door and steps on New Year’s Eve, according to an FBI affidavit.

    ….

    The suspect, who has permanent resident status, made his first court appearance Monday on charges of causing damage to property of a foreign government and arson.”

  • corbbys1 .

    UPDATE! Chinese man arrested in Chinese consulate fire…

    The FBI has arrested a Chinese national for allegedly setting fire to the Chinese consulate building in San Francisco, damaging the compound.

    Yan Feng, 39, who lives in a suburb of the city, handed himself in to police
    on Friday, two days after the fire.

    He is said to be a permanent US resident with no criminal record.

    No-one was injured by the fire, but Chinese officials said the building was
    “severely damaged” and condemned it as a “vicious, destructive act of
    arson”.

    Consular officials said an unidentified person had parked a van in front of
    the building then poured two cans of petrol on the main gate and set it
    ablaze.

    FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson refused to discuss a motive for the
    crime, but said the agency was not investigating the case as an act of
    terrorism.

    Mr Feng faces charges of property damages and arson.

    “We’re looking at it purely as a criminal matter,” Mr Johnson said.

  • Xio Gen

    The wumaodongs are really obvious here.

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